By the time the day ends, you and I might be All-Stars.
See, a few years back, MLB, in response to complaints about the All-Star managers favoring their own players, gave the players a chance to vote on All-Star picks.
And that wasn’t a bad idea. The problem was that MLB now keeps turning back to those players ballots each time a players pick for the All-Star Game withdraws.
So, we get fame (Scott Rolen) over production (Aramis Ramirez), saves (Jordan Walden) over performance (David Robertson) and, somehow, Kevin Correia.
We also have a rule about how every pitcher starting the Sunday before the All-Star Game had to be replaced on the roster.
And, now, we have CC Sabathia replacing James Shields, only to be immediately declared ineligible and get replaced by Alexi Ogando.
Thanks to MLB’s decison to create a set of rules about how replacements have to be chosen Sabathia, who was probably deserving anyway, gets his All-Star appearance and any applicable bonus, all without having to travel to Phoenix.
And Ogando, who is 9-3 with a 2.92 ERA for the Rangers, will go in his place and perhaps pitch in the game.
The league also announced today that rookie Michael Pineda would replace Justin Verlander, another Sunday starter. Later, another pitcher is expected to be named in Felix Hernandez’s place. We’re planning to have a full update on all of the All-Star roster changes after that.