Aubrey Huff's numbers border on All-Star status. But no matter how many injury replacements are needed, you probably shouldn't expect to see the Giants outfielder in next week's All-Star Game. Or probably any future All-Star Game.
In a phone interview with CSNBayArea.com on Friday, Huff called the game "retarded" and "a sham," and said it's ridiculous that fans get to vote for the team when home field advantage for the World Series is at stake.
"If the game’s that big of a deal, it should be the managers and players picking the team, because they really know who the best players are," Huff said. "Let the fans pick that last guy in the internet thing. That’s enough. The way they have it now, though, with the fans picking the starters, it’s either the most popular players or the guys on the big-market teams -- the cities with the most fans, like the Yankees and Boston and Philly -- just dominating the voting."
Huff, 33, is on pace for the best season of his 11-year major-league career. He entered Friday batting .298 with 17 homers, 54 RBIs and a .940 OPS. So maybe he's just bitter about not being selected -- pitchers Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson will represent the Giants.
"It’s a sham," Huff said. "To me, the All-Star Game is retarded."
-- David Andriesen
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