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Starting at 2B: Not Ian Kinsler

With the mid-summer classic ready to go on Tuesday night, there have been complaints over who is going and who is not. Starting the All-Star Game is supposed to signify that you are the best in the league at your position. Since fans have been given the right to vote, more often than not, they don’t get it right. I know that such a huge outcry of fan support means that the team and players are beloved but, that doesn’t mean they deserve to start or even be there. Case in point: Boston Red Sox 2B, Dustin Pedroia.

Before we start going nuts, let me explain myself. I am not saying that Pedroia doesn’t deserve to be in the All-Star Game. He has put up very good numbers, especially at a position as shallow as 2B. His line for the year currently stands at: .314, 9 HR, 47 RBI, 67 R, and 9 SB. However, his overall numbers can be a tad bit deceiving. Before the month of June, Pedroia was hitting .281 which was capped off with a May where hit .260. Then June came. In 25 games, Pedroia hit .356 and had four home runs. He is also having an explosive July with 20 hits in 52 at bats to raise his season average to .314. Yet the man we should see standing at 2B when the game starts is Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers.

Ian Kinsler’s season currently stands at: .337 (leads the AL), 14 HR, 58 RBI, 84 R, and 23 SB. In short, he has better numbers than Pedroia in every category. Not counting March (where he played just one game), Kinsler has not hit below .300 in any month. He is on pace for over 25 HR and over 40 SB. His offensive numbers are made even more incredible by the fact that he is a leadoff hitter. He is coming off a June where he hit .362 with 6 HR and also 12 doubles. Currently in July he is hitting .442 (23-52). His numbers clearly put him ahead of Pedroia, yet he is restricted to coming off the bench this Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

What it all boils down to is that Kinsler has had an amazing season and Pedroia had an amazing month and half. Cheer loud and proud Red Sox Nation, but get the voting right next year.

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7 comments for “Starting at 2B: Not Ian Kinsler”

  1. This is more proof that though we carry hometown bias here at SoB, we can still fess up when need be.

    Posted by Dev | July 14, 2008, 3:31 pm
  2. I think there’s a big difference between being a Red Sox fan and being a baseball fan. A lot of Red Sox fans don’t understand the numbers and statistics, and some who do are too proud to vote for anyone who isn’t on their team.

    Posted by Jennifer | July 14, 2008, 4:17 pm
  3. The fans never get it wrong. The All-Star game is the FAN’s game! They get to choose who they want to see which is not always who is the best. Does Kinsler deserve it, I would say so, but the fans chose Pedroia. Teams from Boston, New York, Chicago, LA, etc will always have the advantage over smaller markets like Dallas, Tampa, Minnesota, and KC. I’m sure part of it has to do with the Red Sox success as well as more people see Pedroia than Kinsler. I hate that MLB made the ASG “count” since it is the fan’s game and they should vote for who they want. They should also get one rep per team since everyone wants to see a home team player. BUT, with it counting, should fans be trusted to put the best players out there? Should a bad team get to have a player? Take those away too! The fans will never put the top 9 players out that, but that’s their choice. I say it’s fine!

    Posted by Mike | July 14, 2008, 7:30 pm
  4. I definitely agree that if this is a fan’s game, that this game also shouldn’t count. But they made it count because it became a joke where the players just hung out instead of tried. All of these All-Star or Pro Bowl games are very tricky because either it doesn’t count and it’s a joke to the players or it does count and players could risk injury in a game that should be a celebration of the season. It’s a very fine line you tread.

    Posted by Dev | July 15, 2008, 12:22 am
  5. I completely agree with Jennifer. There is a big difference between being a Red Sox fan and being a baseball fan. Baseball fans recognize that the point of this post is completely dead on. Red Sox fans would say F-that Pedroier (Rem-dawgs pronunciation) is the man and should start the game.

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    Posted by Wicked Pissa Dude Radio | July 15, 2008, 8:34 pm
  6. Fine, if this is a fan’s game and the fans never get it wrong, then I am right when I vote for Kinsler.

    You wanna see your favorite players out there? Then go to Fenway and watch.

    Posted by Pete | July 16, 2008, 2:02 am
  7. [...] he’s hitting .337 with 14 home runs, 58 RBIs, 84 runs and 23 stolen bases — better numbers than any other AL player at the position. Not bad for a guy who finished second in fan voting and got to spend the all star [...]

    Posted by Center Field Gate » Blog Archive » The “Other Hank” . . . and Ian | July 15, 2009, 12:14 pm

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