All-Time All-Stars show why every team having a representative is stupid

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Rob Neyer conducts an interesting exercise:
what would happen if you had to make an all-time All-Star team
following the same roster rules to which today’s All-Star are subject?
Specifically, a 33-man roster, picking from players’ individual
seasons, and a rule that every team — including historical teams like
the Boston Braves and New York Giants — has to have a representative.
The linked piece is for the NL selections. Presumably the AL will
follow later today.

Rob does a good job, but man, Chad Cordero of the Nats sure sticks
out, doesn’t he? Especially given that Bob Gibson’s 1968 season, among
many other excellent ones, is left off. Not that it’s Rob’s fault, of
course, because who else are the Nats going to have on that team?

Which leads me to believe that, in addition to simply being fun, the
point of this exercise is to show just how stupid the
every-team-has-to-have-an-All-Star rule truly is.

Jack Morris and Alan Trammell make the Hall of Fame on the Modern Era ballot

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The Modern Era ballot was revealed last month. The results have been announced on Sunday night. Jack Morris and Alan Trammell will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next summer.

Morris, now 62, pitched parts of 18 seasons in the majors, 14 of which were spent with the Tigers. He played on four championship teams: the 1984 Tigers, the 1991 Twins, and the 1992-93 Blue Jays. While his regular season stats weren’t terribly impressive beyond his 254 wins, Morris has always had a decent amount of Hall of Fame support due to his postseason performances. Morris shut the Braves out over 10 innings in Game 7 of the ’91 World Series. That being said, his postseason ERA of 3.80 isn’t far off his regular season ERA of 3.90. If you ask me, Morris doesn’t pass muster for the Hall of Fame. He now has the highest career ERA of any pitcher in the Hall.

Trammel, now 59, had been unjustly kept out of the Hall of Fame despite a terrific career. He hit .285/.352/.415 across parts of 20 seasons from 1977-96, all with the Tigers. He was regarded as a tremendous defender and made a memorable combination up the middle with Lou Whitaker, who also played with the Tigers from 1977-95. According to Baseball Reference, Trammell racked up 70.4 Wins Above Replacement during his career, which is slightly more than Hall of Famer Barry Larkin (70.2) and as much as Hall of Famer Ron Santo (70.4).

Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant, and Marvin Miller were not elected to the Hall of Fame. Miller continuing to be shut out is a travesty. Craig has written at length here about Miller’s exclusion.