Sunday MLB will announce the 2012 All-Star teams. They will announce every player: starter, reserve and wuss who will back out faking an injury alike. With players getting hurt, pitchers pitching too soon before the game, and the Final Vote, the smart money is on the actual rosters eventually looking a lot different than the ones that will be announced tomorrow.
Mike Napoli was leading the fan vote at catcher at last check. He’s hitting .237. Napoli’s unfair selection will take the roster spot of someone who’s had a much better first half. There will be other snubs too, you can guarantee that. Here’s whose names should be called out tomorrow.
Can you believe that’s already one month in the books? April 2012 saw some great moments: Fenway turned 100, Phil Humber made the most of his fifteen minutes and Matt Kemp did the best Barry impression (cross earring and standoffish arrogance aside) we’ve seen in a while. On the flip side, Albert Pujols and Jose Bautista hit a combined four home runs, the Nationals are in first place and a 5’5 second baseman hit .360. It has been a weird, fun, great first month of baseball. Here are the guys who were the greatest.
Baseball today has become a complex game of numbers, and the pitch count is on top of the list. Most managers today are so worried about their pitcher’s stamina and health that the clicker is firmly in hand at all times.
Although the pitch count is very useful in some circumstances, it is abused every day in the world of baseball, and it has become an overrated indication of a pitcher’s well-being.
Just ask Justin Verlander.