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.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: