Fans mess up again, 2012 MLB All-Star snubs

Fans mess up again, 2012 MLB All-Star snubs

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 28: Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies at bat against the Pittsburgh Pirates during a MLB baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 28, 2012 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

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by Michael Swallow, BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on July 2, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 13 at 1:05 PM

(BaseballSTL) -- Everyone has been ask what they want for a gift at some point in their life. It might be a gift for birthday, anniversary, or holiday. Then occasionally you'll get the gift and it is close but not exactly what you asked for. Well, that exact scenario seems to play out every year in baseball when the fans vote for the starting line-up in the All-Star Game.

Many fan will vote for players simply because they are their favorite, they play for their home team; they have the biggest name, and many other reason. Yet, how some players did not make the starting line-up is a real head scratcher. Here are the biggest snubs of the 2012 MLB All-Star game.

The biggest snub was for the National League catcher position. San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey received the most votes at the position and will be given the honor of starting but it shouldn't be him. Philadelphia Phillies' catcher Carlos Ruiz should be the starting catcher. Ruiz and Posey are currently neck-in-neck when it comes to homeruns and RBIs, Ruiz has 11 homeruns and 43 RBI, Posey with 10 homeruns and 42 RBI. But the batting average is the biggest difference. Ruiz is batting .356 that over 50 points move than Posey's .303. The other catcher reserve, Cardinals' Yadier Molina, is also statically better than Posey. This is meant to take nothing away from Posey, he is having a nice year, he is just not the right choice.

Staying in the National League, third base was also given to the wrong player. Again this player is having a nice year and not to pick on the Giants again but Pablo Sandoval should not be starting at third. It should the third base reserve, Mets' third baseman David Wright. Sandoval was injured for a good part of the first half; he has only played in 45 games and is batting .300 with six homeruns and 25 RBI. Wright has played in 76 games, batted .353 (you do the math) and has nine homeruns and 50 RBI. The fans were completely wrong on this one.

Then there is the American League and the first base selection has to be questioned. Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder is going to be starting yet there are two players who should be starting instead. First Fielder is batting .296 with 12 bombs and 53 driven in and certainly this is nothing to complain about. But Chicago White Sox Paul Konerko is a reserve and he is hitting .335 with 14 homeruns and 40 RBI. The real shocker is Edwin Encarnacion from the Toronto Blue Jays. He has hit .291 with 22 homeruns and 55 driven in and get this, he is not even on the team as a reserve.

Since each team has to have at least one representative on the All-Star team there has to be exceptions, and players who are well deserving will not make the team. But when it comes to the starter, fans have to stop voting for players that they like or have put up big numbers in the past and vote for the ones who really deserve the honor for their performance this year. Fans cannot forget that "this one counts" and the winner will have home field advantage in the World Series. It is important to get the best team on the field. This year fans were close but didn't get it exactly right.

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