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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Cry me a river

There is much gnashing of teeth in the national baseball media over the prospect of 10 of 16 Major League Baseball All-Star Game starters coming from Boston and New York.

Cry me a river.

In case you weren't paying attention, the Red Sox, Yankees and Mets, have three of the five best records in MLB. This isn't like the '62 Mets putting eight guys on the All-Star team. These are three teams that likely will be playing in October.

Then, we have to hear about how Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer is being so woefully wronged by the All-Star voters because Mauer went into the weekend hitting .392 and won't be voted into the game by the fans.

How sad.

But how about mentioning the fact that Mauer's percentage of runners thrown out is LOWER than his batting average. Oh, but we don't want the facts to get in the way of our story.

Look, every year someone is going to make the All-Star team that doesn't deserve it. Someone is going to be left off that does deserve to make the team. It's called L-I-F-E.

This is just like the BCS in college football. There's always controversy. There's always somebody talking about the game.

But before making wild claims, think about what the claim really is about.


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