All-Star selections: Everyone was snubbed!

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Every year the baseball world goes nuts arguing about who was “snubbed” by the All-Star selection process and every year within 24 hours of the All-Star game ending no one cares or remembers.

This year Andrew McCutchen, Paul Konerko, and CC Sabathia seem to be the highest-profile cause de celebre, with tons of real and virtual ink spilled over their absence from the All-Star rosters–which already include 34 players instead of the usual 25–but the teeth gnashing hardly ends there.

Here’s just a small sampling of mainstream articles noting/touting a player who was snubbed (seriously, I couldn’t take it any more, so I stopped looking after a few minutes):

Andrew McCutchen

CC Sabathia

Aramis Ramirez

Paul Konerko

Anibal Sanchez

Tommy Hanson

Francisco Cordero

Andre Ethier

Ian Kennedy

Jon Lester

Philip Humber

Mark Teixeira

Alexi Ogando

Alex Gordon

Justin Masterson

Sean Marshall

Michael Pineda

Dustin Pedroia

Chase Headley

Kevin Youkilis

Mike Adams

Ben Zobrist

Todd Helton

Jonathan Papelbon

Danny Espinosa

Jhonny Peralta

Carlos Carrasco

Segio Santos

Victor Martinez

Daniel Bard

Adam Jones

Shane Victorino

Michael Morse

Josh Tomlin

David Robertson

Octavio Dotel, Luis Castillo arrested in drug, money laundering investigation

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Five years ago, Octavio Dotel retired following a 15-year career in which he pitched for a then-record 13 different teams. I’m not exactly sure what he’s been up to since then, but I know that today he got arrested, as did former Marlins, Twins and Mets second baseman Luis Castillo.

That’s the report from Héctor Gómez, and from the Dominican Today, each of whom report that the two ex-big leaguers were arrested today in connection with a longstanding money laundering and/or drug investigation focused on one César Peralta. also known as “César the Abuser.” So he sounds fun. Gómez characterizes it as a money laundering thing. Reporter Dionisio Soldevila characterizes it as “drug trafficking charges.” Such charges often go hand-in-hand, of course. I’m sure more details will be come out eventually. For now we have the report of their arrests. According to the Dominican Today, four cars belonging to Dotel were confiscated as well.

Dotel didn’t debut until he was 25, and for his first couple of years with the Mets and Astros he struggled to establish himself as a starter. He was switched full-time to the Houston bullpen at 27, however, and went on to make 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and a .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings. At the time of his retirement his career strikeout rate — 10.8 per nine innings — was the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings, edging out Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.

Castillo also played 15 seasons, with a career line of .290/.368/.351. He was a three-time All Star and won three Gold Glove awards.