Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fun With Rob Neyer: Let the players vote for everything. Wait, no don't!

Angst over All-Star selections is not something that is limited to saberfans.  Baseball fans of all types get riled up about who was selected and who got snubbed.  Part of the problem is that just about everyone has a different opinion as to what the criteria for making the team should be.

This doesn't stop saberfans from being especially annoying about it.  Saberfans tend to think that because they have advanced stats to back up their argument, they KNOW who the deserving players are.

Naturally, Rob Neyer isn't going to let the All-Star debate go by without putting in his two cents.

I wasn't going to pick on Neyer, because the douchiest part of the column is actually a quote from Joe Sheehan.  Then again, Rob makes a point to mention how much he agrees with Sheehan, so I won't cut him too much slack.

Neyer isn't content to just agree with Sheehan's douchieness.  He needs to add some of his own:

But they're not qualified to evaluate the overall value of players they see a few times a year, because they've got little or no interest in doing the actual work that would require. How many of the players, before filling out their ballots, actually sat down and looked at Baseball-Reference.com or any other source listing something other than batting average and RBI's and wins and losses and ERA? A dozen, maybe?

Is Miguel Cabrera worthy of being an All-Star? 
It's impossible to tell without hours of research.
According to Neyer, only through extensive research can it be determined who deserves to be an All-Star.  Since the players are either unwilling or unable to put in the hard work that is necessary, that responsibility should be reassigned.

Bud Selig should take the All-Star selection duty away from the players and the fans.  He could then assign it to someone who would tirelessly scour reference sites in order to identify the players who are truly worthy of the All-Star honor.  Obviously, there is only one man capable of handling this crucial responsibility: Rob Neyer. 

If Neyer was assigned this sacred duty, he would construct the ultimate All-Star team rosters.  Players would not be foolishly named All-Stars simply because they have a high RBI total. The result would surely be the greatest All-Star Game ever played; one that would be talked about for years to come.

Sigh...if only.

1 comment:

  1. Mike Wilbon said it best a couple of weeks ago when he said people like this are KILLING sports.

    So according to this tool I can't vote for my favorite player, (Jose Bautista,) because some BS stat that means nothing is low? Look, I get that fans in host cities have shoved underserving local players down MLB's throat in the past, (sometimes to a point where the Commissioner has had to discount the entire city's votes,) but give me a break.

    The biggest problem with the geeks is they A. never WATCH ball games at all and B. don't actually care about wins and losses as a result. Ozzie Smith was a perennial all star his whole career but these geeks would be trashing him constantly if they had the internet to do so in his prime. However, Oz was arguably the most exciting defensive player the game had ever seen and you always got your money's worth watching him play stats be damned. THAT is why fans loved the guy nationally regardless of how much research they did on his career or how many times they saw him play. Fans will always vote for players that make the all star game FUN regardless of numbers.

    Hey saberGEEKS, FUN, go look it up and give it a try sometime.