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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw does not belong in the All-Star game

This take is so hot it might melt your computer.

Oh, please, stop your whining. Clayton Kershaw was not selected to be a National League All-Star. The sporting world still spins.

Here’s a real news break for you — he shouldn’t be.

It’s supposed to be a game featuring the players having the best first halves of the season, not having really good seasons. There shouldn’t be any free pass based on past excellence. It’s an All-Star game, not a lifetime achievement award.

This is about 2015. And in 2015, Kershaw has been really good, which is not good enough to be invited to Cincinnati.

His earned-run average is good, but not special. His WHIP — walks plus hits per innings pitched — is very good, though not approaching the numbers he put up the last two seasons.

Then, of course, there is his win-loss record, 6-6 after Wednesday’s game, which we’re just supposed to discard because sometimes pitchers pick up cheap wins or underserved losses. And because, you know, the sabermetric people told us we should do so.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The 10 best active MLB players who have never made an All-Star team

Shoulda played for the Royals, I guess.

1. Shin-Soo Choo

If you made a “most underrated players” list from 2008 through 2013 and didn’t include Choo, they broke down your door and took your children away. Everyone knew that Choo was underrated, and that almost made him overrated, but just the thought of him being overrated made him underrated again. For two straight years in Cleveland, Choo hit over .300, was among the league leaders in on-base percentage, and slugged close to .500.

Choo’s problem: too consistent. He never had one of those wacky first halves, where he’d hit 15 homers and get on base 48 percent of the time, only to regress to the mean in the second half. He was always calm and cool, hitting for average (but not that high), getting on base (but not that much), and hitting the occasional dinger (but not that many). He probably deserved a selection or two, but there was always an outfielder who wasn’t so consistent and accumulating all of his value in the first half. That’s how the AL got Jason Bay starting in left field one year—he was a known quantity who had a bananas first half.

The perennial snub didn’t hurt Choo in free agency, of course, and now he’s in the second phase of his career, where he’s still making lists, but the wrong lists for the wrong reasons.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Vin Scully’s all-time NL team

He says he didn’t consult any record books, and apparently he restricted it to players he personally saw.  He also excluded Dodgers.

1B • Stan Musial
2B • Joe Morgan
SS • Ernie Banks
3B • Mike Schmidt
OF • Aaron, Mays, Robinson, Clemente
C • Johnny Bench
SP • Bob Gibson, Juan Marichal, Tom Seaver, Greg Maddux.
RP • Bruce Sutter, Hoyt Wilhelm

Perry Posted: June 08, 2015 at 06:50 PM | 75 comment(s)
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