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Part of the waning interest level in the game is also the expanded playoff rounds and the interleague play that happens every day now. We see NL players face off with AL players all the time. There's nothing special about it.
On the other hand, Ken Harvey was an all-star once, well after proving he wasn't worthy his whole career, except for a couple of hot months.
Harvey was an All-Star in 2004, played 12 games in 2005, and that was the end of his career. If we remove from consideration players whose careers ended due to retirement or sudden injury (as I don't believe Harvey was either of those cases), that's one of the most unbreakable "records" in baseball...
I say that counts! Wow, amazing. That's definitely unbreakable, then. ;)
How would you classify LaHair? No MLB games (as of yet) after his only All Star season. Maybe you would classify his going to Japan as a sudden retirement, but given that he hit .202 after the break, he may not have gotten another MLB job.
My poster boy anti-All Star has to be Ken Reitz. How that guy got voted to start over Schmidt, I'll never know. Yes he always had great starts, and 1980 was no exception. By the end of May he was hitting .373/.407/.494. But he did that every year, and every year tailed off very quickly. Between Jun 1 and the ASG, he hit .176/.193/.250.
And LaHair was on your anti-All Star list in the other thread, because Castro was the Cubs other rep, making him an especially fun pick because he *wasn't* the "obligatory" pick.
That was bizarre. Up there with Kevin Correia the previous year.
Scioscia, a longtime Dodgers star,"
well, he sure was a star in 1985 - 136 OPS+ in 526 PA from a catcher is outstanding.
otherwise, never above 112 and a career OPS+ of 99.
that's still a very solid player as a catcher
but longtime Dodgers star? ehhhhhh
made the All-Star team in 1989 and 1990 only
For example, on the Red Sox, I would not have called Johnny Pesky a "longtime star", but a "Red Sox legend".
4. Canker Soriano Posted: July 05, 2013 at 10:24 AM (#4485227)
I like to think all of this talk about how Puig doesn't deserve to be an All-Star will eventually get into LA's heads, and they'll flip him to the Cubs at the deadline for Soriano and some international cap money.
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Catchers aren't expected to provide as much offense as other players, so a guy like Scioscia, with a career 99 OPS+, was actually a pretty good hitter for a catcher.
Unless this is a somewhat artificial definition of "team" that only includes the Los Angeles version of the Dodgers, I don't see how how Scioscia is even arguably in the same class as Campanella & Piazza, making him at best a contender for third best.
Isn't the appropriate comp Harper who had 277 PA under his belt. If I recall, he won the fan vote thingy.
I'd also call anyone who was famous enough to be hired by Mr. Burns a star.
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