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Jul092013

What is an All-Star?

Every year the baseball world throws a hissy fit when All-Star nominations come out. Whether its Bryce Harper, Mike Trout or Yasiel Puig, a lot of consternation seems to stem from the fact that there is no consensus on how much time a player needs to be in the big leagues before being worthy of All-Star consideration.

 

Here’s the real answer: there is no time requirement.

 

People want to treat the All-Star game as some sort of lifetime achievement award. They cite things like how it has become whoever has a good first three months of the season, and going on to say things about sample size and not enough data to derive a good prediction of future ability.

But who cares? We already have an award for lifetime achievement; it’s called the Hall of Fame. All the people who cited body of work for ranking players like Carlos Beltran over Dominic Brown think career numbers still matter, despite Brown being ahead in every category except average this season. If a player has the talent to make it into the

hall of Fame, it is pretty inconceivable that they will never have made an All-Star Team or two.

 

But here’s the thing, there’s an All-Star game every year. The annual schedule means we should reward the players that are hot. No one is going to say they should nominate a guy who got called up two weeks before the game, but after a month Puig has made a legitimate case for consideration. After all, he’s played just under 300 innings of baseball, compared to 2013 All-Star Brett Cecil’s 44.2. Not to mention the fact that Puig has a WAR of 2.1 compared to Cecil’s 1.0.

 

And don’t give me the bullshit that the All-Star game counts. If a manager really wanted to win the All-Star game, they wouldn’t switch pitchers and batters every inning or collaborate to rearrange a pitcher’s scheduled days so Matt Harvey can start in front of a hometown crowd.

 

My point is: anyone who should be considered for the All-Star team will have made it pretty obvious. Let the body of work people argue it out when it comes time for Hall of Fame voting. In the end, the most important data for All-Star consideration is what a player has done since the last All-Star game. Now isn’t that easy?

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