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Who picks the All-Stars (it's not who you think)?

Posted on: July 3, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2011 3:23 pm
 
Don't blame Wash. And don't blame Boch.

Or, if you do, at least know what they were up against.

No matter what you've heard, the managers don't "pick the All-Star team." The managers pick a small, small part of the All-Star team.

You know how many picks Ron Washington had that could come from any American League team? Three!

You know how many picks Bruce Bochy had that could come from any National League team? Four!

Out of 66 All-Stars named by baseball on Sunday, the managers picked just 16 -- and nine of those 16 had to come from the teams that had no player chosen by either the fans or the players.

Here's why:

-- The fans pick the first 17 All-Stars, nine in the AL, eight in the NL. The difference is that fans vote for an AL designated hitter.

-- The players pick the next 33 All-Stars. They choose five starting pitchers and three relievers in each league, and one player for each position in each league (including another AL DH). When the fans and players vote for the same guy, the guy who is second in the player balloting is added.

-- That's 50, but there's no guarantee that every team is represented. So while Washington technically had seven picks, four of those had to come from the Royals, A's, Orioles and Twins (who had no one picked by either the fans or the players). And while Bochy technically had nine picks (because of no DH voting), five of those had to come from the Nationals, Padres, Marlins, Cubs and Diamondbacks (who had no one picked by either the fans or the players).

Washington's three "at-large" picks were all pitchers: Jose Valverde of the Tigers, David Price of the Rays and C.J. Wilson of the Rangers.

Bochy used three of his four "at-large" picks on his own pitchers: Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong. His other pick was outfielder Carlos Beltran of the Mets.

The managers did pick the five players on the final-vote ballot, with the help of Major League Baseball.

One more thing to remember: As of now, five All-Star pitchers are scheduled to pitch next Sunday, and with the rule change put in last year, those five guys would remain on the team but would be ineligible to pitch and would be replaced on the roster. So there will be more All-Stars.

Anyway, it's fine to complain about who got picked and who didn't. Just make sure you're blaming the right people.



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Who picks the All-Stars (it's not who you think)?



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Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2011 6:41 pm
 

Who picks the All-Stars (it's not who you think)?

That's the way All-Star team go.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Who picks the All-Stars (it's not who you think)?

Jose Valverde was a bad "at large" pick.  Numerous pitchers in the AL were more deserving, including Pineda, Masterson, Romero, and Haren (among others).  Why do we need 5 relievers?  *puke*



Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: July 3, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Who picks the All-Stars (it's not who you think)?

Why don't you just add more roster sports? Oh wait, they already did that. I still like the all-star game but it is starting to get ridiculous: after the final vote their will be 34 players on each team. If they actually want the game to matter, trim the roster to 25 (you know, the actual number of players on a roster). Managers are fully capable of getting through a game with 25 players (they do it every day). Since you have a DH, you would probably want 14 position players and 11 pitchers (similar to most AL rosters).

Here is what you do: the starters play the entire game, only pinch-hitting if the situation calls for it (i.e. pinch-hitting for David Ortiz against a lefty). leaving a couple position players in case it goes extra innings. As for pitchers, obviously you won't pitch them for an entire game. However, what you can do is use your top three starters for two innings each. Then use your relief pitchers for an inning each. This means you can get through an entire game with only 6 pitchers. This leaves 5 pitchers for extra innings.

In this scenario, I would have the managers pick the starting line-up instead of the fans, although for the most part, they did a good job (except of course for Derek Jeter: if you are going to vote someone in as a lifetime acheivement award, can you wait and do it in their final year, like Cal Ripken).

Anyone else have any thoughts?


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