In order to understand the best and worst of the 2018 MLB All-Star Game rosters, as presented by Some Rando on the Internet, you have to know where that rando stands on some key All-Star issues.
The most important thing to remember about the All-Star Game is this: It’s better with players having brilliant careers. There’s a kid who attended the 1975 All-Star Game and remembers how the County Stadium crowd roared for a limping, aging Hank Aaron. There is absolutely no kid who remembers being angry that Leroy Stanton wasn’t rewarded for his stellar first half. Heck, Stanton’s kid was probably thrilled, considering he or she got to hang out with his or her dad in the summer for once. Always go for the Hank Aarons over the Leroy Stantons.
If Jesus Aguilar is really this good, he’ll be closer to the Aaron threshold, and he’ll make an All-Star team several times in the future.
If he’s not, we’ll look back at All-Star nods for Joey Votto and Paul Goldschmidt in 20 years — the little “AS” next to their names on Baseball-Reference — and think, yeah, that makes sense. We won’t think about the Leroy Stanton-ish first half of Aguilar almost getting the nod.
And always, always, always, remember that
Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/2018/7/9/17547378/2018-mlb-all-star-game-rosters-snubs-surprises
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