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.

Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

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The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.

Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.

Well then.

The Nationals have scored 62 runs during four Joe Ross starts

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If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.

Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.

Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.

Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.