Did Girardi get to choose the pitchers? If so I think the only logical thing is that Pettitte said give the AS game to the kid Hughes, because Pettitte based on numbers has been one of the best AL pitchers this year.
I'm more of an NL than an AL fan, so the weaknesses stand out more, but I think Manuel did the worst job picking an all star team ever.
Amongst position players, Omar Infante, Chris Young, Ryan Howard, and Michael Bourn are 4 of the worst picks in recent memory. Infante doesnt start and doesnt even even have the requisite rate statistics to justify playing. Chris Young is an average to below average hitter with a solid home run total that is almost totally dictated by his home park. Ryan Howard ranks between 5th and 11th in every relevant hitting category amongst 15 qualified 1B, which almost defines 'average'. Michael Bourn, well, his defining statistic is a 25/7 SB/CS rate, which just about says it all.
Now Bourn and Young sort of had to be picked in a way so that their teams had representatives. How about picking Kelly Johnson instead of Omar Infante to clear up one slot, since KJ, like, plays every day and has noteworthy power numbers for a 2B. Alternately we can go with Mark Reynolds, who might be superior in every single aspect of his game to Chris Young. For Houston, we can correct one of the several pitching errors by picking up Roy Oswalt. This frees up 4 extra positional player slots, one of which is obviously Joey Votto, and I would go with Carlos Gonzalez #2. The third option should probably be Josh Willingham, who has been near the top of the league in OPS for a couple of years now. The last slot has a myriad of options, but I'm putting in Andrew McCutcheon to correct a pitching error. (We are removing Evan Meek, since nobody pays to see middle relief, and replacing him with Oswalt). Also I cant really believe that Marlon Byrd is a better all star than Randy Wells, but to maintain some hitter/pitcher numerical balance we will keep Byrd.
Amongst the pitchers, the obvious incongruity is with the Padres having no all star representatives. We can correct this by removing Arthur Rhodes, who - at the age of 8 billion and with something of a defined track record - will get murdered in an all star game (and nobody wants to see him). Brian Wilson is universally worse than Billy Wagner or Heath Bell - as a Braves fan I'm putting in Wagner. Matt Capps is no better than KRod, so we can replace him with Bell. Mullet boy has great star value, but in terms of years, Pelfrey blows him away in every stat but K's, but since the Giants would then have no representatives, he would get squeezed out. Fortunately, Heyward and Utley will be replaced, and Pelfrey should definitely be one of the replacements.
Prado, Hanley, Wright, Braun, Ethier, C Gonzalez, A Gonzalez, Reyes, Phillips, Rolen, Votto, McCutcheon, KJ, Byrd, McCann, Hart, Holliday, Willingham
Oswalt, Pelfrey, Bell, Wagner, Latos, Capps, Lincecum, Wainwright, Johnson, Jimenez, Hudson, Halladay, Carpenter, Gallardo, Broxton.
[FINAL FAN VOTE GUY, FINAL IR GUY]
So 30% of the accurate roster differs from what Charlie Manuel picked. If I didnt think that Charlie Manuel was a semi literate toothless bastard child of Bum Phillips and grandma from the Beverley Hillbillies, then I certainly do now. He is living breathing proof of the irrelevance of a manager to winning titles.
Last edited by hamburglar; 07-05-2010 at 08:49 AM.