But really, MLB, not one Padres’ pitcher was deserving of being voted to this year’s “All-Star” game by his peers, and opposing coaching staffs? Not one? Not a single member from the staff with the best ERA in MLB was good enough to be selected by NL manager Charlie Manuel? Really? Not one?
Heath Bell at the time of the voting led all of MLB with 23 saves, reflecting the second best saves conversion ratio in the N.L., not to mention the 2nd best ERA among N.L. closers at 1.72. Sorry, Heath, you can’t help this year’s team of “All-Stars”.
Matt Latos is 9-4, with a 2.42 ERA, has the 4th best winning percentage, lowest WHIP, lowest batting average against, and lowest OBP against amongst starters in the entire NL. Sorry, Matt, not good enough.
Luke Gregerson was of course a long shot as a set up man. But with 19 holds, second only to teammate Mike Adams, a WHIP second to none amongst his N.L. relief peers, 3rd best strikeout to walk ration in the N.L. and the second lowest batting average against amongst N.L. relievers, one would think maybe he would get a look…uh, maybe not.
In general I’m not one to bang the drum that the national media overlooks the Padres. National respect is nice, but it doesn’t win you games. It has concerned me more that many Padres fans have been reluctant to cheer for this year’s winning team, rather than national talking heads giving these Pads their deserved due. Fine with me if the Pads keep flying below the national radar and lull their victims to sleep.
It does get a little bothersome when great individual performances are overlooked. Not because I view personal awards as being more important than team accomplishments. I just believe that by not recognizing the proper recipient it undermines the integrity of the award.
What I find really asinine, though, is the “All-Star” game (yes in quotes because we know it’s not a collection of the best), it’s manipulated purpose, and how it is put together. I don’t agree with it, but the commissioner thinks the All-Star game should determine the home field advantage. If that is the case then shouldn’t the team’s representing their prospective leagues be comprised of the best players?
So as a Padres fan, what’s the good news about the sickening “All-Star” oversight that has taken place? Your team will continue to be able to sneak into town, exact it’s toll on the opponent, and quietly move on before anyone even notices that they are taking the division. Additionally they will now have at least 3 players who will get a little extra rest to finish the second half strong.
The best revenge for these players is to keep winning, and proving the naysayers wrong. They’ve played like a team all season, and although some additional “All-Star” recognition would have been nice, these guys know that the real reward is winning games. Hopefully they win more than anyone else, and then maybe someone will take notice.