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Andre Ethier to take Shane Victorino’s spot on NL All-Star team

Jul 8, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

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A little comparison…

Corner outfielders on the NL All-Star team
Carlos Beltran
Lance Berkman
Ryan Braun
Jay Bruce
Matt Holliday
Hunter Pence
Justin Upton

Center fielders on the NL All-Star team
Matt Kemp

So, of course the league today named Andre Ethier the replacement for the injured Shane Victorino on the NL squad.  Because what the team really needed was a sixth right fielder, while Andrew McCutchen gets left out again.

To review, McCutchen is hitting .291/.389/.491 with 12 homers and 48 RBI this year while playing a very good center field.  Ethier is hitting .313/.382/.451 with seven homers and 42 RBI while playing a pretty poor right field.

Ethier was the better hitter in previous years, but after factoring in defense and baserunning, McCutchen rated as the superior player even before lapping Ethier this season.

Anyway, I don’t want to come off as wholly anti-Ethier here.  It’s just that McCutchen was deserving a spot on the team when it was originally announced, he was deserving of being included in the Final Vote and he certainly makes a whole lot more sense than Ethier now given the composition of the squad.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 8, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    In my opinion, this was a ridiculous decision. I guess they will slide Upton into CF.

  2. quintjs - Jul 8, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    It isn’t a terrible decision adding Ethier because he was second on the final ballot, its a reasonable pick in that context.

    The outrage is the fans not voting for McCutchen first. And then the next outrage was the players not voting for McCutchen. Then it was Bouchy not selecting McCutchen for the team. And then not putting McCutchen on the final fan ballot, which I guess is because the fans didn’t vote for McCutchen on the original all star ballot.

    Can we have an all star game where nobody selects the team? because nobody seems worthy of making the choice.

  3. stairwayto7 - Jul 8, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    When Andrew is getting fitted for his World Series ring, he will finally gewt noticed! LETS GO BUCS!

  4. cup0pizza - Jul 8, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Far from a ridiculous decision. It was fair.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 8, 2011 at 8:25 PM

      Yeah, lets take a 6th right fielder instead of a 2nd CF. Perfect logic.

  5. cup0pizza - Jul 9, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    He finished second in the fan voting. It was fair. I hope the NL loses anyway so if the Phillies make the world series the lack of home field screws them.

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