Fredi Gonzalez thinks Cody Ross should be All-Starring:
Prior to the opener of the Marlins’ series against the San Francisco Giants, manager Fredi Gonzalez was trying to figure out a scenario that would allow Cody Ross to make the National League All-Star team. His dreaming was for naught as the squad was announced Sunday (sans Ross’ name), because the NL outfielders selected remain healthy enough to play.
The Final Vote candidates for the National League are tough. Here are their wOBA’s and WAR’s for the season compared with Cody:
Christian Guzman (Nationals): .320 wOBA, 0.7 WAR
Matt Kemp (Dodgers): .381 wOBA, 3.9 WAR
Mark Reynolds (Diamondbacks): .385 wOBA, 2.3 WAR
Pablo Sandoval (Giants): .397 wOBA, 2.7 WAR
Shane Victorino (Phillies): .368 wOBA, 1.7 WAR
Cody Ross (Marlins): .364 wOBA, 1.6 WAR
Ross is certainly more deserving than Guzman of a nod (2.3% BB% for Guzman? What the hell is that?), but it’s clear it should go to either Kemp or Sandoval for my money. As good as Kemp has been, I’d rather see Kung Fu Panda, if only for his nickname. That guy is going to be fun to watch for years, Giants fans.