|Sunday, June 30
Users: Andruw, Giles got robbed
We asked and you wrote in. By the hundreds. Our email system was flooded so quickly that ESPN.com nearly grinded to a halt Sunday night. The biggest complaints were directed at Joe Torre and Bob Brenly for giving nods to their players over others as reserves, such Robin Ventura over Eric Chavez.. Andruw Jones and Brian Giles received the most support among the snubbed. Here are some responses:
No more Torre
J.C Romero got robbed. Torre took Stanton last year but refuses to take a middle reliever this year; good job Joe. When it suits you, you make up reasons to to take Yankees.
Who got SNUBBED? Johnny Damon. It seems like Torre is trying to do the fans right by taking all five of the AL's elite shortstops, and let's be honest, they deserve to be there based on their numbers. If Torre didn't see the need to take two second basemen, why the need for two third basemen? In other words, Ventura should not be there. He's had a solid first half, but if Torre is trying to take the best players, Damon should be there over Ventura. Taking a look at their numbers, Damon has attributed for two more runs than Ventura (runs scored + RBI), has 15 more stolen bases, and is hitting .312 compared to Ventura's .254. Like ESPN has said, Johnny is Da-man.
Brenly snubbed Jones
Memo to Bob Brenly: For my money, Andruw Jones is by far the best all-around ballplayer going today. Can I argue with the picks of Berkman, Green or Dunn? No, I cannot. But Luis Gonzalez? Hmm ... let me think: Andruw is the best fielder in the game -- no folks, not just the outfield -- the game. He hits for monster power, good average, huge RBIs. All the while toiling in the 5-hole on a sub-par offensive unit. Let's get off the "I have to pick my own guys mentality."
Kevin P. Reilly
Can we please take the selection of reserves away from the two All-Star Game managers? Robin Ventura over Jim Thome? Luis Gonzalez over Andruw Jones, Larry Walker or Brian Giles?
Bob, I know you played the position but do you really need three catchers in the National League with all that deserving talent in the outfield? At least Torre took the five shortstops and only one second baseman.
Too many shortstops?
Check the numbers
Brian Giles (snubbed): 1.028 OPS
Eric Hinske (snubbed): .943 OPS
In fact, Eric Chavez would have been a better selection than Ventura, and Cliff Floyd has been better than LuGo in 2002. But I guess 4 Yankees and 5 Diamondbacks just weren't enough.
Catch this: where's Lo Duca?
The first snub is by picking Damian Miller and Benito Santiago over Paul Lo Duca. Lo Duca has to be the most underrated player in baseball right now. Some may have thought that last year was a fluke, but it wasn't because he is putting up better numbers this year. Santiago is a great catcher, as is Miller, but neither is as good or as valuable as Lo Duca is to the Dodgers.
Larry Walker also got snubbed. He should have made it easily, and it is a shame to see one of the NL's most consistant players and best players not on the team.
Daniel St. John
G-Man: Giles was robbed
Brian Giles ... Are you kidding? Brian is the only reason the Pirates are close to 500. He has 19 home runs and has absolutely no protection behind him, ahead of him or anywhere in the lineup. If he played on the Yankees or Rangers, he would have 50+ home runs every year. This is a shame that he is not on there. The All Star selections are terrible anymore and I will not spend my time watching second-rate players goof off.
Trying to find some Angels
Who's missing? Any of the Angels, take your pick -- anywhere in the lineup, the rotation, or the bullpen. It's about time Garret Anderson became an All-Star after 7 years of consistently good production. Hello? The Angels are just behind the once-invincible Mariners. So what I'm going to do is make sure to turn the TV on around the seventh inning to see Anderson's requisite at-bat, and then shut the TV off on the Yankees-- oops, I mean AL All-Stars.
A vote for Pudge
Mr. Burnitz may be batting .200, but have you thought about all of the flyballs he's caught? He has to have caught like 50, at least. That's a good amount of catches. If you were in the field, do you think you could have caught all of those balls? I don't think so, unless you're some kind of super-athlete, like Mr. Should Be An All-Star Burnitz. I propose that Sammy Sosa be removed from the NL All-Star team to be replaced by Jeromy Burnitz. He will lead the league to victory and will be the hero of the 21st century.