Reds All-Stars and All-Star Snubs; Jay Bruce Leaves Reds Dry in Series Finale With Giants
Reds All-Stars and All-Star Snubs; Jay Bruce Leaves Reds Dry in Series Finale
by Robb Hoff
July 1, 2012
No one deserves to be a starting National League All-Star more than Joey Votto, but when you see Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval starting ahead of Mets David Wright, it's hard not to draw the logical conclusion that the imbeciles who vote this way for All-Star game shouldn't be allowed to vote for even something much more insignificant, like the U.S. Presidential Election.
Sandoval is indeed an All-Star caliber player, but he remains under investigation for a sexual assault charge and has had nowhere near the year tha Wright has produced for the Mets.
Likewise, the idiocy of the ignorant masses who have cast their votes for Braves 2B Dan Uggla ahead of arguably the best defensive second baseman to ever play the game in the Reds Brandon Phillips is likewise unforgivable and does nothing accept to revive the idea that repeat electronic voters and ballot stuffers alike have no business deciding who plays in the All-Star game.
Of course Wright is still in the All-Star game. But Phillips is not. Nor is his teammate Johnny Cueto who has been among the best pitchers in all of baseball for the past 2-1/2 years.
The players had their chance to add both Phillips and Cueto to the All-Star team but failed to do so.
Now, N.L. manager Tony LaRussa had the opportunity to at least add both Phillips and Cueto to the spillover ballot that once again puts the fate of another All-Star in the hands of absolute idiots.
But LaRussa did not.
Now I do not blame LaRussa for this. He did add Reds rightfielder Jay Bruce to the squad among the five picks for reserves he made.
Clearly, LaRussa's decision to add Diamondbacks second basemen Aaron Hill to the spillover ballot is an egregious error (despite Hill's decent number and two recent cycles), but it is nowhere akin to LaRussa's famous World's Dumbest Criminals cameo where he drunkenly passed out behind the wheel of his truck at a Florida stoplight in the middle of the night.
Still, it's not quite right, especially in Phillips case but also, to a lesser degree, Cueto's.
What bothers me even more is not Tony LaRussa or the stupidity of fans voting for All-Stars.
It's Reds reliever Logan Ondrusek leadoff walk on four pitchers to the number two hitter in the Giants lineup Ryan Theriot in the bottom of the seventh. After a Melky Cabrera sacrifice bunt to get Theriot to second and a Buster Posey single, the Reds were trailing 3-2.
It's the Reds failing to score more than one run in the top of the ninth after four straight singles with nobody out.
It's Reds All-Star Bruce out in right field showing why he should volunteer his spot on the All-Star team to Phillips or Cueto after he misplayed a ball about as bad as a ball can be misplayed to give away a win to the Giants on an Angel Pagan fly ball that probably no other right fielder in all of Major League baseball or any level of minor league ball doesn't catch.