Now that all the last-minute injury replacements have been named we have the final All-Star count for this year: 76, which is actually down slightly from 81 last year.
That works out to an average of 2.53 per team or 10 percent of players on 25-man rosters.
And if you assume that each team has around 19 “regular” players–let’s say nine hitters, five starters, and five relievers as an example–then about 13 percent of all MLB regulars were named All-Stars this year. Or, put another way: If you stayed healthy and had a prominent role during the first half there was approximately a 1-in-8 chance of making the All-Star team.
I’ve never been much for viewing All-Stars and the All-Star game with any sort of major importance, so the more the merrier. But between expanded rosters and increased injury opt-outs the term “All-Star” probably doesn’t carry quite as much weight as it once did.