Other undeserving All Stars

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We’ve been making quite the to-do over the Jason Varitek All Star selection. After all, it’s not everyday that someone hitting .218/.299/.354 with an OPS+ of 71 and a VORP of -2.6 gets to play in the Midsummer Classic. But is Jason Varitek the worst All Star ever? Al Doyle at The Baseball Analysts and Craig Brown at The Hardball Times look at some of the worst All Star selections of all time and the last 30 years, respectively. Varitek may not be the worst, but he certainly ranks up there.

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  • A.D.

    Reading the hardball times article, Tek does look like the worst most recently

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    He may not be the worst All-Star ever, but he’s definitely the biggest “Douchenozzle” ever.

    • dan

      hahaha never heard that one before

    • Count Zero

      Wow — I guess being the “nozzle” is even worse than being the “bag” in the douche industry. Can’t…stop…mental…images…

  • Matt-LI

    Not great news from the Doughboy (PeteAbe):

    “This is trouble. The latest from the AP in Tampa:

    Injured Yankees outfielders Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon could be sidelined longer than first expected.

    Matsui did not hit Tuesday after experiencing additional discomfort in his sore left knee. The Yankees had hoped he might be ready to return when eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Friday.

    “Perhaps you can say so, it’s a short-term setback,” Matsui said through a translator at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “I’m going to hit tomorrow, that’s the plan anyway.”

    Damon, eligible to be activated from the DL on Sunday, continues to have soreness in his injured left shoulder, and won’t likely start hitting off a tee until at least late this week. He underwent treatment only on Tuesday.

    “It feels a little better today,” Damon said. “It still feels horrible waking up. I’m still kind of down because I know (Yankees manager Joe) Girardi wants to put me in the lineup on Sunday and I’m not sure we can do that.”

    There is no date for when Matsui might start a running program, a key step before playing in minor league rehab games.

    Should Matsui’s knee not respond, surgery could be an option. His goal remains avoiding surgery and returning to the team.

    “At this point right now, it’s hard to say,” Matsui said. “You try, believing that you’re going to be able to go back this season. If it comes to the point where I have to decide surgery, then that’s that.”

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Two words: Reggie Stocker.

    • E-ROC

      Hideki Matsui should just have the surgery. Has he even started at least jogging? Matsui probably can’t run the bases at all. Just have the surgery now and comeback next year at full strength.

      LOL, I wonder how Damon’s throws would look with an injured shoulder.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Like Chad Pennington’s.

  • pete c.

    Jason Varitek is a classless punk.

    • B

      Can someone throw a baseball at John Kruk’s head (like Randy Johnson did) for picking Varitek to win the All-star game MVP.


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