[D]espite the fans’ good judgment in picking [Josh] Hamilton, it’s not fair that [Albert] Pujols isn’t on this year’s All-Star squad. And I don’t care who you have to leave off the roster—well, that is besides Hamilton and maybe Derek Jeter—to put him on it.
One of the things wrong with baseball’s All-Star Game is that there simply aren’t enough recognizable names in the game. That’s one of the reasons ratings have been dropping steadily in the last few years. It’s true that all-star games are losing their appeal in all sports. ...
I have to ask: What’s wrong with fans’ memories? Does anyone think that 30 years from now Detroit’s Prince Fielder, Chicago’s Paul Konerko, the Yankees’ Mark Teixiera, or the Rangers’ Mitch Moreland will be remembered as being in the same class with Albert Pujols? I know Pujols is having a sub-par season, batting just .272 with 12 home runs, but hasn’t he proven over 12 major league seasons that he is undeniably an All-Star, with a career batting average of .326 with 458 home runs? Are we really voting for an All-Star squad or for the The Really Good Players Who Just Happen To Be Having Pretty Good Years squad?
The relentless drone of ESPN and countless sports websites have fostered a “What Have You Done Over The Last Couple of Months” attitude that detracts from what All-Star Games were once about. In the 1950s and into the early-1960s, few would have excluded Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, or Henry Aaron from the All-Star Game because they had a slightly off first half.
If you don’t understand that Albert Pujols in a class with these guys, then perhaps you need to rethink their definition of All-Star.