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 Post subject: Omar Infante: All Star
PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:16 am 
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Uuuhhh..... I'm a huge Braves fan and all, and Infante is a great player. I have n doubt that if he was an every day player, he'd be capable of a .300 batting average.

...But he's not even an every day player, and he made the All-Star Team over Joey Votto.



I'm confused.

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 Post subject: Re: Omar Infante: All Star
PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:23 am 
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Yea, doesn't make any sense. Brenneman and Brantley are pissed.


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 Post subject: Re: Omar Infante: All Star
PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:28 am 
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Damn, Votto just got tossed. Apparently he's pissed too.


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 Post subject: Re: Omar Infante: All Star
PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:39 pm 
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I don't really blame him at all. I've been voting him for the Fan's Final Say Vote over my hometown Billy Wagner... I figure it's the least I can do after my hometown Omar Infante got in over him.

My dad thinks that ole Charlie Manuel must want to trade for Infante to replace Utley and that this is his way of making Infante want to come to Philly.

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 Post subject: Re: Omar Infante: All Star
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Ha, wouldn't surprise me if that's the case. Manuel just got through seeing firsthand what Votto can do and he still snubbed him. Guess the Phils don't want to admit that Votto is a better player than Ryan Howard because they just mortgaged their future to sign Howard to that ridiculous contract.

I think he'll get in there when it's all said and done; likely taking Utley's spot. I realize there are deserving players that get left out every year, but more than anything this points out that the selection process needs to be reviewed.

Edit: Actually, Prado is taking Utley's spot so we'll see if Votto gets the shaft or not


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 Post subject: Re: Omar Infante: All Star
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I think it is because there is a new rule that a position player can re-enter the game after leaving, so manual wanted a player that can play multiple positions. I would have went with juan uribe as my futility player but having all stars with enough at bats to qualify as an everyday player makes too much sense for good old charlie.


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 Post subject: Re: Omar Infante: All Star
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Yea, he wanted a utility guy. Still not a good enough reason for the league leader in OPS to stay home during the break.


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 Post subject: Re: Omar Infante: All Star
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Wow, I thought you were poking fun at Prado's selection to the team since he started as a super UTIL guy. Then saw Omar plastered all over articles about 'worst All-Star selection ever'. Something very wrong with selecting a guy because you want roster flexibility. This is an All-star game, right?

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 Post subject: Re: Omar Infante: All Star
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Agreed... Among reserve 1B, Votto was more deserving than Howard and Gonzalez both, so even if Manuel uses the "Howard is my player so I picked him" argument, which he did http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/07/05/SPNU1E9K1O.DTL, Votto really still should be there. I still don't understand it.

And while we're at it... I don't get why Mat Latos didn't make it, either. Or Clayton Kershaw. One of them, preferably Kershaw since he's left-handed, should have gone over Lincecum.
And Matt Holliday < Andrew McCutchen and teammate Colby Rasmus.

Lots of interesting picks here... I hope Manuel manages the Phillies in the 2nd half like he managed the reserve selection process.

And haha, yeah, I wouldn't blast Prado; he deserves to be there and deserves to be starting. He seems to get two hits in just about every other game that he plays. It's ridiculous.

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OF - Mike Trout
OF - Shin-Soo Choo
UTL - Brett Lawrie
UTL - Adam LaRoche
Bench - Austin Jackson
DL - Aaron Hill Hanley Ramirez

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RP - Glen Perkins, Heath Bell, Jose Veras, Ernesto Fireri, Edward Mujica, Carlos Marmol, J.J. Putz

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C - Yadier Molina
1B - Albert Pujols
2B - Jose Altuve
3B - Jedd Gyorko
SS - Jimmy Rollins
MI - Everth Cabrera
CI - Justin Morneau
OF - Jason Heyward, Shin-Soo Choo, Michael Morse, Nick Swisher, Ben Revere
UTL - Kendrys Morales
Bench - Garrett Jones, David Freese


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 Post subject: Re: Omar Infante: All Star
PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:13 pm 
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It's Bud's newest "secret" tweak to the All-Star roster - each manager has to pick an undeserving bum that can play multiple positions to better help determine home field advantage for the World Series; hence Infante and Wigginton.

Votto has the loudest argument BY FAR with Latos coming in second. Liriano has a case to state as well. This is what happens when guys like Evan Meek are sent out to Anaheim and league managers can play their political games.

Just another piece of broken Bud Selig baseball.

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