Andre Ethier to take Shane Victorino’s spot on NL All-Star team

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A little comparison…

Corner outfielders on the NL All-Star team
Carlos Beltran
Lance Berkman
Ryan Braun
Jay Bruce
Matt Holliday
Hunter Pence
Justin Upton

Center fielders on the NL All-Star team
Matt Kemp

So, of course the league today named Andre Ethier the replacement for the injured Shane Victorino on the NL squad.  Because what the team really needed was a sixth right fielder, while Andrew McCutchen gets left out again.

To review, McCutchen is hitting .291/.389/.491 with 12 homers and 48 RBI this year while playing a very good center field.  Ethier is hitting .313/.382/.451 with seven homers and 42 RBI while playing a pretty poor right field.

Ethier was the better hitter in previous years, but after factoring in defense and baserunning, McCutchen rated as the superior player even before lapping Ethier this season.

Anyway, I don’t want to come off as wholly anti-Ethier here.  It’s just that McCutchen was deserving a spot on the team when it was originally announced, he was deserving of being included in the Final Vote and he certainly makes a whole lot more sense than Ethier now given the composition of the squad.

Hunter Pence appeared as guest on Bill Nye’s new show

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Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.

Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.

Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start with forearm tightness

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Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.

Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.