The 10 Least-Deserving MLB All-Stars

    May 31, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Major League Baseball’s Mid-Season Classic is fast approaching, and while the event aims to toast the very best talent in the Major Leagues, one or two undeserving players always squeak in due to the league’s ridiculous rule requiring every team have at least one representative. That statute may have made sense back in 1935 when there were only 16 teams, but now that the league has expanded to 30 squads it’s allowed dozens of hopelessly inefficient fielders and maddeningly inconsistent hurlers to sneak onto Baseball’s biggest stage. Grab your hat and adjust your cup as we examine the top 10 least-deserving MLB All-Stars from the past 20 years.

    Ron Coomer

    Minnesota Twins (1999)

    ron coomerWhat do Fred McGriff, Jason Giambi, Carlos Delgado and Mo Vaughn have in common? They were all passed over so Ron Coomer could play in the 1999 All-Star Game. Fortunately for them – and for baseball fans everywhere – this miscarriage of baseball justice never happened again.

    Tony Womack

    Pittsburgh Pirates (1997)

    tony womackTony Womack would have been a true star in the Dead Ball Era, where his six homeruns in 1997 would have positioned him among the league leaders. Unfortunately he played in the Juiced Ball Era and his lack of power, mediocre defense and .273 career batting average should never have landed him a spot on the National League All-Star squad.

    Kent Bottenfield

    St. Louis Cardinals (1999)

    kent-bottenfieldIt’s easy to forgive Major League Baseball for naming Kent Bottenfield to the National League All-Star team in 1999. After all, the burly right hander was 14-3 at the break and appeared to be a cinch for the league’s Cy Young Award. Unfortunately his breakout campaign proved to be fool’s gold and he was drummed out of baseball three years later after compiling a 10-25 record to go along with a 5.63 ERA.

    Roger Pavlik

    Texas Rangers (1996)

    roger pavlikRoger Pavlik was the talk of baseball in 1996 when he compiled a sensational 10-2 record at the All-Star break. Unfortunately things quickly went downhill for the Houston native after that and he finished the season with a 15-8 mark to go along with a bloated 5.19 ERA. Pavlik stuck around for two more seasons before a rotator cuff injury brought a premature end to his career in 1998.

    Lance Carter

    Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2003)

    lance carterMajor League Baseball was obligated to select someone from the Devil Rays in 2003 and that lucky player was Lance Carter. It proved to be a high point for the 28-year-old reliever, who would find himself pitching overseas by 2007 after being passed over by every single team in the Major Leagues (yes, even the Pirates).

    Derrick Turnbow

    Milwaukee Brewers (2006)

    derrick turnbowDerrick Turnbow appeared to be a star on the rise in 2005 when he went 7-1 with 39 saves and a 1.74 ERA for the Milwaukee Brewers. The positive buzz generated by his breakout year was enough to land him a spot on the 2006 National League All-Star team, but he faltered badly after the break and finished the season with a 4-9 record to go along with 24 saves and an eye-popping 6.87 ERA. Turnbow stuck around for two more unproductive years before retiring from the game in 2008 at the age of 30.

    Carlos Garcia

    Pittsburgh Pirates (1994)

    Baseball fans must have thought they were seeing things when Carlos Garcia took to the field at the 1994 All-Star Game. After all, the little known second sacker was hitting only .267 with three homeruns and 20 RBIs at the time. Garcia would go onto collect just eight more RBIs for the remainder of the season and retired from baseball five years later in 1999.

    Mike Sharperson

    Los Angeles Dodgers (1992)

    Most baseball fans will agree that anyone who hits 10 homeruns with 123 RBI and 22 stolen bases deserves to be an All-Star. And so do we… if they actually manage to do it over the course of a single season. Sadly, those are the career statistics for Mike Sharperson, a light-hitting infielder who spent eight seasons with the Blue Jays, Dodgers and Braves. His inclusion on the 1992 National League All-Star team is further proof that Baseball’s selection process needs to be addressed.

    Mark Redman

    Kansas City Royals (2006)

    mark redmanJust how mediocre was Mark Redman? Let’s put it this way: there are batting practice pitchers who gave up fewer hits than he did. Fortunately his teammates were even worse than he was, which is why Redman still managed to earn a spot on the 2006 American League All-Star team despite posting a 6-4 record and a 5.27 ERA at the break.

    Tyler Green

    Philadelphia Phillies (1995)

    Seeing the words “All-Star” next to Tyler Green’s name almost looks like a misprint. Not only was this lanky right hander a subpar pitcher at the Major league level, where he compiled an 18-25 career record and a 5.16 ERA, but he also got eaten alive in the Minors, finishing with a 29-47 mark and a 5.19 ERA.


    1. Brent says:

      What about Jeter this year 2011. His stats were far from All-Star standards……well starting at least and i think he knew it so thats why he didn’t show up…congrats on 3000

    2. Calvin says:

      KInd of a silly lot, except for Womack. While not a great player by any stretch he stole 190 Bases in 1997-1999, leading the league all 3 seasons. I guy who was stealing 60 bases a year in those steroid years was pretty damn unique and probably deserving of making the all star team once.

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