Re: Beyond the Box Score All-Stars: Interesting Reds choices and non-choices
Originally Posted by 757690
My argument against Leake is that he hasn't proved himself as an All-Star caliber pitcher over a long enough period of time. But I am in the minority on this issue.
I emphasis the All-Star part of the All-Star game. The way I choose my team, is I find players who have been one of the best at their position for a few years at least. Then I see how they are performing this year. If they are still in the All-Star range, even if they aren't statistically the best, they make my team. I only pick rookies or guys have great first halfs of a season for the first time, if there is no one else to pick.
I want as many true All-Stars on my team, not just guys who are on a roll, like Leake.
What he's done previously should have nothing to do with it. In theory, the all-star game is supposed to be about rewarding success for the current season. I realize in practice that's not often how it works. But that's supposed to be the concept.
What he did previously shouldn't matter. Right now, he's been one of the more productive pitchers in baseball.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda