Siberian Baseball

Saturday, June 23, 2007

This is getting out of hand.

See the guy to the right?

That's Rondell White - sometimes Twins player, fill-in designated hitter, easy punchline here at Siberian Baseball and injured since April.

You can look it up anywhere, even the Twins site - the last game White played was April 4. He was hitting a blistering one-for-nine when he left the lineup. Oh, and two RBI.

Rondell was on pace to hit no homers for the year before he was cut down by injury.

OK, look to the right now.

See all the Twins the team is trying to get us to vote for in the All-Star Game? Because there they all are - Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Torii Hunter, Nick Punto... Wait, Nick Punto, really? Punto's probably not even the best third baseman in the state when you consider beer leagues and Division III colleges.

Oh, shit - that's White, too! Right at the top! In a picture from an e-mail from this week! And on the Web site!

What the hell is going on?

Not since Nomar Garciaparra was leading voting despite tearing apart his groin on national television - everyone saw it happen, stop voting for the guy - have I been this worked up.

I don't remember things being this out of whack last season. Sure there are weird spikes for Japanese players and those aided by the East Coast (Yankees/Red Sox) bias, but this is out of hand.

If you're trying to put your guy over the top in a close outfielder race or if you have a young star - Like Mauer versus Jason Varitek and Jorge Posada last season - then go ahead and push for your guys from the front office.

When you're just listing your roster, including players who haven't seen the field since the third day of the season and a few who wouldn't make the All-Star team in your division, that's over the line.

I know lots of guys are hurt this year, but let's try and be a little more realistic in the future, shall we?

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