Kenley Jansen blames Dodger fans because Corey Seager and Justin Turner aren’t starting in the All-Star Game

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The rosters for the American and National Leagues in the upcoming All-Star Game were announced on Sunday night. The Dodgers have four All-Stars: Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, Corey Seager, and Cody Bellinger. Justin Turner can be added to the roster if he wins the Final Vote.

Jansen thinks Seager and Turner should be starting for the NL and for that, he blames Dodger fans, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. “I’ll say it loud and clear again. It’s the Dodger fans’ fault,” he said.

First of all, it’s not obvious that Seager should be starting over Zack Cozart. They have pretty similar offensive stats, but Cozart appears to have the edge especially if you put more weight on rate stats:

  • Seager: .299/.401/.511, 13 HR, 40 RBI, 57 R
  • Cozart: .321/.404/.558, 9 HR, 33 RBI, 40 R

Defensive metrics also have the two close to each other.

As for Turner, while his stats are awesome, he has only played in 58 games. Comparatively, Nolan Arenado has played in 82 games and taken 111 more plate appearances than Turner. As teams have just recently crossed the halfway point of their 162-game schedules, a 24-game difference is nearly one-third of the season to date.

But even glossing over that, Jansen’s blame is misplaced. The blame should be on DirectTV and Charter Communications. Because the two sides haven’t been able to strike a deal for four years now, many Dodger fans in Los Angeles have been unable to watch their hometown team play baseball on TV. If fans are unable to watch the Dodgers, their interest in the team dissipates. And that explains why the Dodgers don’t have a player starting for the National League in the All-Star Game.

Jones, Maddux, Morris consider Bonds, Clemens for Hall

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Hall of Famers Chipper Jones, Greg Maddux, Jack Morris and Ryne Sandberg are among 16 members of the contemporary baseball era committee that will meet to consider the Cooperstown fate of an eight-man ballot that includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Rafael Palmeiro.

Hall of Famers Lee Smith, Frank Thomas and Alan Trammell also are on the panel, which will meet in San Diego ahead of the winter meetings.

They will be joined by former Toronto CEO Paul Beeston, former Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein, Anaheim Angels owner Arte Moreno, Miami Marlins general manager Kim Ng, Minnesota Twins president Dave St. Peter and Chicago White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams.

Three media members/historians are on the committee: longtime statistical analyst Steve Hirdt of Stats Perform, La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Neal and Slusser are past presidents of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Hall Chairman Jane Forbes Clark will be the committee’s non-voting chair.

The ballot also includes Albert Belle, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Dale Murphy and Curt Schilling. The committee considers candidates whose careers were primarily from 1980 on. A candidate needs 75% to be elected and anyone who does will be inducted on July 23, along with anyone chosen in the BBWAA vote, announced on Jan. 24.

Bonds, Clemens and Schilling fell short in January in their 10th and final appearances on the BBWAA ballot. Bonds received 260 of 394 votes (66%), Clemens 257 (65.2%) and Schilling 231 (58.6%).

Palmeiro was dropped from the BBWAA ballot after receiving 25 votes (4.4%) in his fourth appearance in 2014, falling below the 5% minimum needed to stay on. His high was 72 votes (12.6%) in 2012.

Bonds denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs and Clemens maintains he never used PEDs. Palmeiro was suspended for 10 days in August 2005 following a positive test under the major league drug program, just over two weeks after getting his 3,000th hit.

A seven-time NL MVP, Bonds set the career home run record with 762 and the season record with 73 in 2001. A seven-time Cy Young Award winner, Clemens went 354-184 with a 3.12 ERA and 4,672 strikeouts, third behind Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Randy Johnson (4,875). Palmeiro had 3,020 hits and 568 homers.

Schilling fell 16 votes shy with 285 (71.1%) in 2021. Support dropped after hateful remarks he made in retirement toward Muslims, transgender people, reporters and others.

McGriff got 169 votes (39.8%) in his final year on the BBWAA ballot in 2019. Murphy was on the BBWAA ballot 15 times and received a high of 116 votes (23.2%) in 2000. Mattingly received a high of 145 votes (28.2%) in the first of 15 appearances on the BBWAA ballot in 2001, and Belle appeared on two BBWAA ballots, receiving 40 votes (7.7%) in 2006 and 19 (3.5%) in 2007.

Players on Major League Baseball’s ineligible list cannot be considered, a rule that excludes Pete Rose.

This year’s BBWAA ballot includes Carlos Beltran, John Lackey and Jered Weaver among 14 newcomers and Scott Rolen, Todd Helton and Billy Wagner among holdovers.