Comments on: Who are the worst All-Stars in Twins history? http://aarongleeman.com/2014/07/15/who-are-the-worst-all-stars-in-twins-history-2/ Baseball news, insight and analysis from Aaron Gleeman Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:50:52 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 By: by jiminy http://aarongleeman.com/2014/07/15/who-are-the-worst-all-stars-in-twins-history-2/comment-page-1/#comment-37630 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:30:00 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=114720#comment-37630 I’ll join the quibbling!

You correctly point out that we get some silly all-star selections by choosing based on the small sample size of a single half season. But then you find fault with picking people based on having a great year the year before. You can’t have it both ways.

An all-star game that spurned the previous year’s Cy Young award winner to me would be absurd. Likewise someone who hit .305/.347/.450 the year before at a defensive position like center field, then followed it up with a strong first half, seems reasonable to recognize — that’s not basing it just on a quick start, or previous success; that’s both.

I also don’t think it’s dumb at all to vote in an aging singles hitter like Rod Carew at first base. What’s wrong with wanting to watch a seven-time batting champ play an exhibition game?

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By: h2oface http://aarongleeman.com/2014/07/15/who-are-the-worst-all-stars-in-twins-history-2/comment-page-1/#comment-37628 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:03:00 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=114720#comment-37628 coomer’s line looks a lot like cuddyer’s when he represented the twins (2011?) as the mandatory single pick from each team.

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By: h2oface http://aarongleeman.com/2014/07/15/who-are-the-worst-all-stars-in-twins-history-2/comment-page-1/#comment-37627 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=114720#comment-37627 cuddyer’s line wasn’t very great when he was the obligatory single twin picked. i think that just using the fast start first half of the season to pick the all-stars is short sighted. the second half of the previous year and the first half of the current year is really more telling. hence…… jim perry’s 1971 pick looks deserving.

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By: section237fan http://aarongleeman.com/2014/07/15/who-are-the-worst-all-stars-in-twins-history-2/comment-page-1/#comment-37626 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:56:00 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=114720#comment-37626 Gotta be the BUCK NINETY FAN CLUB!!!

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By: ck http://aarongleeman.com/2014/07/15/who-are-the-worst-all-stars-in-twins-history-2/comment-page-1/#comment-37625 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:18:00 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=114720#comment-37625 Aaron, just a minor quibble or two on what’s an interesting subject: some of the choices can seem a bit less idiotic (just a bit, I stress) when you factor in position, as you’ve done to some extent but might have done more. The Dave Engle pick looks bad, but in those days there weren’t a lot of catchers who could hit; the Angels had Bob Boone start 133 games despite hitting .202/.242/.262. Rich Gedman would have been a better pick than Engle, but it’s not like there were a ton of good catching options. Hrbek clearly should have been there, but fans were doing dumb things like voting Rod Carew to start, limiting the options at first base, and if you had to have a Twin at midseason and weren’t going to take Hrbek, you can sort of see how they got to Engle.

For Ken Landreaux, you have to remember that 1980 was the year of his 31-game hitting streak, which was the kind of thing that got tons of attention in those days – probably quite a bit more than it would today. Landreaux was hitting .329 as late as June 17, so his hot start and the streak had gotten him a lot of notice early on in the year, and it’s not as though the Twins had a star-studded team with any obvious candidate.

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By: haplito http://aarongleeman.com/2014/07/15/who-are-the-worst-all-stars-in-twins-history-2/comment-page-1/#comment-37624 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:06:00 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=114720#comment-37624 Can’t wait to see Coomer log in and respond to this.

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