The All-Star Game is a wonderful opportunity for fans, players and managers alike to showcase their own prejudices and ignorance about the best players in the game.
Fans vote for names they know, regardless of whether those names are actually good enough to belong in the game. Players follow a pretty similar pattern. Managers prefer more subtle forms of ridiculous selections, from carrying a half-dozen closers to stuffing the roster with undeserving players from their own teams to picking players for sentimental reasons. These all add up to some curious names on the rosters and some players who merited spots getting a three-day vacation in mid-July.
The ability to get on base is undervalued, and the ability to play defense is all but ignored. This year's rosters were released earlier today, and here are the conclusions we can draw: