Marlin Maniac RTD: Miami Marlins Trades, All-Star Choices

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Jul 12, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; National League pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch in the 8th inning in the 2016 MLB All Star Game at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 12, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; National League pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch in the 8th inning in the 2016 MLB All Star Game at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Any of these four All-Stars just not belong? Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Any of these four All-Stars just not belong? Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

Let’s say the Marlins were only allowed four All-Stars.  Did they get it right? 

Sean Millerick:  No, they didn’t.  J.T. Realmuto has a higher batting average than every participating catcher, and is their equal or better in throwing out runners.  I’d of put Realmuto in over Ramos, and over Lucroy; the Brewers spot could have gone to Ryan Braun or Junior Guerra.  

David Marcillo:  Ramos, Ozuna, and Jose definitely deserve the All-Star nods. Rodney does too, but it’s just a bit awkward to have him in a Marlins uniform since he did all of his good work with the Padres. Still, he deserves the All-Star appearance, and it isn’t his fault that he was traded and has a new uniform, so yes: I think the four Marlins taking the trip to San Diego are the four that deserve it the most.

Eddie Noy:  St. Jose is of course an automatic all star. Marcel Marceau Ozuna has had such a nice season (as predicted!) that him being included was a pleasant surprise. AJ Ramos has been fine, but really… relief pitcher all stars? AKA guys not good enough to be starting pitchers. Absurd. Case in point, Fernando Rodney’s inclusion. Sir Stanton’s snub (again… vice Rodney’s inclusion) is further proof that this game is a farce. Is it really the “All Star Game”, or the Hot-First-10-Weeks-of-the-Season-Game. The All Star Game is a showcase for baseball’s biggest names and stars to penetrate non-Marlin Maniac readers’ living rooms, not feature the like of (again..) Fernando Rodney and Adam Duvall. Players seem to vote based on 1980s statistical analysis, fans vote for their teams’ players, and managers include every relief pitcher not already named to the squad. Ab-Surd.

Next: Should the All-Star Game Count?

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