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  • Best players never selected for the All-Star game

    Speaking of career value.
    Kirk Gibson and Tim Salmon come to my mind.

  • #2
    Originally posted by FatAngel
    Speaking of career value.
    Kirk Gibson and Tim Salmon come to my mind.
    It may depend upon who was technically "never selected" but
    SP Rijo?
    C Dempsey?
    1B Trosky?
    2B RThompson?
    3B Cabell?
    SS Rogell?
    OF Tovar, Maddox?
    Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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    • #3
      Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson.

      (Just kidding).
      "Hey Mr. McGraw! Can I pitch to-day?"

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      • #4
        Eric Chavez

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BoSox Rule
          Eric Chavez
          Good choice but he's no, uh, Scott Cooper
          Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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          • #6
            Kevin McReynolds
            Tim Wakefield
            Deron Johnson
            Matt Stairs
            Wally Post!!

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            • #7
              oh and Zeke Bonura!!

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              • #8
                My first thought was some of those 70s/early 80s Toronto guys - Willie Upshaw(look at his '83 season), Rick Cerone, Garth Iorg.

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                • #9
                  For position players it's gotta be Tony Phillips. He happens to have by far the most career WAR and most 4-WAR seasons (7) of any player since 1933 to never make an All-Star team.

                  I'm at a loss for pitchers.
                  My top 10 players:

                  1. Babe Ruth
                  2. Barry Bonds
                  3. Ty Cobb
                  4. Ted Williams
                  5. Willie Mays
                  6. Alex Rodriguez
                  7. Hank Aaron
                  8. Honus Wagner
                  9. Lou Gehrig
                  10. Mickey Mantle

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                    For position players it's gotta be Tony Phillips. He happens to have by far the most career WAR and most 4-WAR seasons (7) of any player since 1933 to never make an All-Star team.

                    I'm at a loss for pitchers.
                    Tudor, Rijo, Candiotti, Leibrandt, Denny, Freddie Fitzsimmons ...
                    Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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                    • #11
                      Wow! There are some great picks in here: Robby Thompson, Garth Iorg (!!!), Willie Upshaw. That warms my heart. Didn't Todd Zeile have a long career without ever getting a shot at the All-Star Game? Man, I remember the promise that kid showed coming up as a power-hitting catcher. Then he quickly got moved to 3B to replace Pendleton to make room for the awesome catcher, Tom Pagnozzi. Ugh, not a good time to be a Cardinal fan, but I still fondly remember Zeile and Pags. Too bad they didn't pan out the way I would have liked, but Pags was still a very fine catcher. I hope his son does well, wherever he is now.
                      "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Herr28 View Post
                        Wow! There are some great picks in here: Robby Thompson, Garth Iorg (!!!), Willie Upshaw. That warms my heart. Didn't Todd Zeile have a long career without ever getting a shot at the All-Star Game? Man, I remember the promise that kid showed coming up as a power-hitting catcher. Then he quickly got moved to 3B to replace Pendleton to make room for the awesome catcher, Tom Pagnozzi. Ugh, not a good time to be a Cardinal fan, but I still fondly remember Zeile and Pags. Too bad they didn't pan out the way I would have liked, but Pags was still a very fine catcher. I hope his son does well, wherever he is now.
                        Zeile is the only player with 2,000 hits and 200 homers to not make the all star team.
                        My top 10 players:

                        1. Babe Ruth
                        2. Barry Bonds
                        3. Ty Cobb
                        4. Ted Williams
                        5. Willie Mays
                        6. Alex Rodriguez
                        7. Hank Aaron
                        8. Honus Wagner
                        9. Lou Gehrig
                        10. Mickey Mantle

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RuthMayBond View Post
                          Tudor, Rijo, Candiotti, Leibrandt, Denny, Freddie Fitzsimmons ...
                          Jose Rijo never made an All Star game? WHAT? He was most certainly the NL's 2nd best pitcher from 1990-1994. That would be shocking. Then again, Bert and Fergie only made two each.
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                          • #14
                            I've always thought of a "star" in terms of popularity. There are stars in other fields whose actual talent is exceeded by others, yet those others rarely get the spotlight, or if they do, it doesn't shine as brightly as it does on those who fate has decided are, in fact, stars.

                            So in that sense I've always seen the All-Star game as a popularity contest, and except perhaps for 2013 I've never taken it THAT seriously.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bothrops Atrox View Post
                              Jose Rijo never made an All Star game? WHAT? He was most certainly the NL's 2nd best pitcher from 1990-1994. That would be shocking. Then again, Bert and Fergie only made two each.
                              Rijo did make the ASG once. In 1994.

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