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MLB Top 10s: Longoria, Kuroda are top hitting, pitching non-All-Stars

by | Baseball Writer

In the Eye On Baseball Top 10s, here's what we do: rank players according to criteria. Those criteria change depending upon week and whim, but the Top 10s will always be informed by some angle or another. (Note that the absence of an angle is itself an angle!)

And that brings us to this week's guiding query: Who are the best players not to make the All-Star Game?

The All-Star Game, as you may have heard, will go down at Citi Field on Tuesday night, and this week is all about all of that. However, in the interest of letting some bandwidth trickle down to those not spending the midseason respite in Queens, we're going to devote this week's EOB to the best non-All-Star position players and pitchers.

First, a few necessary clarifications:

 No injured or "inactive" players still listed on the All-Star rosters are eligible.

 We're talking about players who didn't make the 2013 All-Star Game, not necessarily those who have never made any All-Star team (although they're certainly eligible for inclusion).

 Being named to this list isn't tantamount to being "snubbed." That is, not every player to be listed merits a spot on the All-Star Team. Rather, they're all good players who didn't make it. Some -- Josh Donaldson of the Athletics, for instance -- do deserve to be in New York right now, but others are here because they're "merely" productive.

No, freshly minted Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes won't be on here. There's no assailing his power, but Cespedes' 2013 numbers aren't quite up to our standards this time around.

And now let us recite baseball names for purposes of SEO and making you angry. As always, feel free to brandish your incorrect opinions and make idle threats in the comments section. Hitters


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