ST. LOUIS -- The All-Star replacements are trickling in, Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena subbing for Boston's Dustin Pedroia, Milwaukee's Trevor Hoffman in for the Dodgers' Jonathan Broxton. Last week, Texas' Nelson Cruz was chosen to replace injured Angels' center fielder Torii Hunter.
Still missing is Angels' infielder Chone Figgins, who really, really was hoping to go.
As in, he's spent much time over the past few weeks watching replays of old All-Star Games on MLB Network during the day before leaving for work in the afternoons.
Figgins was hoping that maybe in a National League park, without the designated hitter, there'd be more room for a speedy scrapper like himself. He also was hoping that maybe he'd have an in with American League manager Joe Maddon, a former Angels coach.
Figgins certainly is deserving of consideration: He's ranked ninth in the AL in on-base percentage (.392), tied for second in triples (six), fourth in steals (27) and fourth in batting average against right-handers (.342).
Besides, he recently promised that if selected, he'd do a backflip in St. Louis in tribute to Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.
"I heard that," said Smith, 54, who managed the United States team in Sunday's Futures Game at Busch Stadium. "That would have been nice to see, because I darn sure can't do it anymore."