One of the most enduring debates surrounding baseball’s Midsummer Classic is whether or not every team has to be represented. There’s clearly something wrong with a system that has Greg Vaughn as a four-time All-Star. We’re not completely sure which side of the fence we fall on, but it’s clear that every All-Star game sees a couple of players who are, well, “not All-Star caliber.” So, in honor of Gil Meche and Orlando Hudson, we’re bringing you the worst All-Stars of the last 15 years. Up first: the American League.
The Mark Redman Category: Crappy pitchers
- Ricky Bones (1994), Milwaukee: Bones finished the season with a 10-9 record, en route to a career record of 63-82.
- Wilson Alvarez (1994), Chicago: Being listed as 235 pounds is generous for the hefty lefty.
- Erik Hanson (1995), Boston
- Steve Ontiveros (1995), Oakland
- Roger Pavlik (1996), Texas
- Rolando Arrojo (1998), Tampa Bay: Until Carl Crawford came along, just about Devil Ray All-Star was, um, subpar.
- James Baldwin (2000), Chicago: If Beale Street Could Talk = totally overrated.
- Paul Quantrill (2001), Toronto
- Lance Carter (2003), Tampa Bay
- Mark Redman (2006), Kansas City: Nothing says All-Star like finishing the year with a 5.71 ERA and double-digit losses.
The Gary DiSarcina Category: “Hey, we need one more position player and no one’s been picked from your team yet … ”
- Scott Cooper (1993, 1994), Boston: Back when the Red Sox sucked, Cooper made a pair of teams, despite never coming close to hitting .300 or hitting more than 13 home runs in a season.
- Kevin Seitzer (1995), Milwaukee
- Gary DiSarcina (1995), California: The consummate Angel has a lifetime career average of .258, though he did top .300 this year.
- Ron Coomer (1999), Minnesota
- Matt Lawton (2000), Minnesota
- Robert Fick (2002), Detroit: Fick is a humorous surname.
The Ken Harvey Category: Shitty “power” hitters who hit a bunch of homeruns in April. Or, one year hits. (Cough HGH cough)
- Mickey Tettleton (1994), Detroit: Mickey’s line = .248, 17 HR, 98 strikeouts in 107 games
- Ben Grieve (1998), Oakland: Ah, the Ben Grieve Era.
- John Jaha (1999), Oakland
- Tony Clark (2001), Detroit
- Greg Vaughn (’93, ’96, ’98, ’01), Milwaukee, San Diego, Tampa Bay: Sigh.
- Shea Hillenbrand (2002), Boston: Giants fans know how he turned out.
- Ken Harvey (2004), Kansas City: Ken Harvey, All-Star outfielder, was a 240-pound leviathan who played two full seasons (’03 and ’04) in the majors with the Royals. He hit 13 home runs in each of his campaigns, compiling exactly 200 strikeouts in 998 at-bats. Do the math. But he can tell his grandkids that he was an All-Star in half the years he ever played.