Baseball Crank
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July 8, 2008
BASEBALL: The Wright Thing

Go here, if you can't follow the widget, to vote for David Wright for the last spot on the NL All-Star Team (I voted for Evan Longoria, the best player on the team with the best record in baseball, for the AL). (H/T). I ordinarily don't pay a ton of attention to the All-Star balloting, but this is ridiculous. Wright is one of the two or three best players in the NL, in his prime, and having a reasonably good year, .288/.382/.512 with 70 RBIs a week before the break - the very definition of an All-Star. Let's take a look at how the numbers stack up for Wright against the other guys on the end of the ballot since last year's All-Star Break:

PlayerGABRunsHits2B3BHRRBIBBHBPKSBCSGDPAvgOBPSLG
David Wright162616120198432311261075102258200.3210.4190.549
Pat Burrell162536931533524111412221340050.2850.4140.588
Carlos Lee16262289187430361164416681160.3010.3450.543
Corey Hart156595881764310271032912113207120.2960.3370.538
Aaron Rowand157603931835102493431513225190.3030.3630.507

I think it's pretty clear who the class of that field is - only Burrell really stacks up as a hitter, and that's before you consider the Citizens Bank Park effect and the difference between Wright and Burrell in the field and on the basepaths. Corey Hart, currently leading the balloting, isn't even close. Let me put it this way: if you were drafting a roster from scratch for the second half of this season, and you could pick (independent of salary considerations) David Wright, Pat Burrell, Carlos Lee, Corey Hart or Aaron Rowand to build your team around, which one would you pick? It's really not a close call, is it?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:09 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

I love David Wright, he is great, but that is a lot of double plays to hit into for a fast guy with bat control. I didn't realize.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at July 8, 2008 10:54 PM

I don't want Wright to make the squad this year.

I want him to have a few days off so he can come back fresh & ready to rake in the 2nd half.

Posted by: Mike at July 9, 2008 6:36 AM

Crank is right. Wright is easily the most deserving of those 5 players. Going forward its hard to think of 5 players with greater upside over the next 3 years, maybe 5.

Posted by: seth soothsayer at July 9, 2008 4:24 PM

Crank, the problem here is that you're offering two unrelated arguments in favor of Wright instead of the one which needs to be made: that he had the best first half of this season of the five candidates. I don't know whether he has or not, so I'd like to see those numbers. All-Star selection, for better or worse, is based on who was the best at each position over the first half of the year (actually, it's a popularity contest, but if you're making a serious performance-based argument, I'll play on that field). If Wright had the best first half of the season of these guys, fine, put him on. I'd like to see the numbers.

Posted by: Thom at July 10, 2008 2:07 AM
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