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One out of every eight MLB regulars made the All-Star game

Jul 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Between the expanded roster size and numerous players being added as injury replacements this season’s All-Star game will feature a total of 72 players, with 36 for the AL and 36 for the NL.

Technically at any one point there are 750 major leaguers on active rosters, but in terms of “regulars” that number is probably closer to, say, 600.

I figure each team has a five-man rotation and a nine-man lineup, plus a key bench player and five key relievers. And that actually seems like a pretty generous defintion of “regulars.”

Anyway, if you go along with the notion that each team has 20 “regulars” and there are a total of 600 “regulars” in the majors that means 72 out of 600 are All-Stars. That works out to 12 percent of all regulars being named All-Stars, or one out of every 8.3 players.

Something to think about next time everyone gets all worked up over supposed “snubs.”

  1. drewsylvania - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    That’s an amazing stat.

  2. mybrunoblog - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Real good story by Gleeman. I agree 100%. With the expanded rosters the all star game has been watered down. Amazing how people still whine about snubs when in years past there were only 25 or 30 guys on each teams roster. Now I know some will say with expansion more layers are needed but I disagree. They have dumbed down the game and there will always be snubs.

  3. hansob - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    if you just focus in on the hitters, there are 155 guys total from both leagues that have the requisite number of PA’s to qualify for the batting title. There are 46 all star hitters. That’s 30% (although, to be fair, a few of the all-stars aren’t among the 155, like Chipper Jones.)

  4. eshine76 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    … and yet Darren Oliver still hasn’t made the All Star team…

  5. pmcenroe - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    I think there will always be the snubs argument b/c the talking heads will aways need to fill airtime. From a fan perspective though it does seem to be watered down but I think the reason for it is b/c we don’t want to leave out the deserving guys while those less deserving players get the “fan vote” or the team rep vote. ex. Mike Napoli making it this year and Andrew McCuthens not last year.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Edwin Encarnacion hit .295 with 23 homers and 58 RBI’s yet he did not make the All Star team.

    • cur68 - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      Hardly gets a mention, in fact, when it comes to who got snubbed. He’s the poster boy for snubbed this season. Would have loved to see him in HR Derby; he would have raked.

  7. bobulated - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Wait, the All-Star game has become a joke? When did this happen?

  8. thefalcon123 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    …which is actually less than as it was until 1961 (25 teams rosters and just 16 teams).

    • mybrunoblog - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      Real good point. You are correct. I crunched a few numbers and came up with this.
      On average in pre 1961 expansion 3.1 players per team made the all star team from their respective league.
      Today, on average 2.5 players per team will make an all star game. Interesting when you think about it.
      It just seems that with expanded rosters and injuries, the 75 players that “officially” make the roster is too much.

  9. kcfanatic - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Wow, makes you realize how bad your team sucks when they only get 1.

    • IdahoMariner - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      that’s what I was thinking.
      I can’t imagine why you and I were thinking the same thing. hmmmm.
      oh yeah. it’s that our teams are really, really bad.
      i still have faith that it will change though.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      Even worse if you realize that your team got one selection because it was required to get one selection.

  10. darthicarus - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    In fairness, the players who did NOT get selected to the All-Star team received Slurpees so no hurt feelings to those staying home for the next few days.

  11. foreverchipper10 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Wait a minute here…….are you telling me my certificate for participation on the 5th grade basketball team is NOT a high honor? I am blown away. And saddened.

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