By Jason Wojciechowski on July 10, 2014 at 7:33 PM
Today I saw someone on Twitter mention, after Erick Aybar was chosen as Alex Gordon's All-Star Game replacement, that Coco Crisp never seems to get any love despite being a fantastic player. As you might know, Crisp is reasonably far up the list of active leaders in the Baseball Reference flavor of WAR. Crisp, though, has never made an All-Star team. I decided to find out whether he was the active leader in bWAR with no All-Star Games on his career record. Turns out he's not, but it also turns out that the list goes like this:
|bWAR rank among active 0 ASG players||Player||bWAR||overall active bWAR rank|
Surely a coincidence! Surely!
So far my word count is only 173, so I need to fluff this out a bit, right? How about some lists of the players who've made All-Star teams instead of the three above Ultimate A's Heroes in seasons in which our heroes accumulated at least 4.0 WAR (or are on pace for same)?
|Year||Usurper||Usurper WAR||Chavez WAR||Usurper career WAR|
In rank order, then, by how little we should feel ashamed for putting the player in the All-Star game over Chavez:
- Alex Rodriguez: second-best player many of us have ever seen
- Cal Ripken: all-time great, beloved, though crummy by the time he was in competition with an ascendant Chavez
- Robin Ventura: incredibly underrated player. Hall of Nearly Great type of player.
- Hank Blalock: his career should have gone better than this
- Troy Glaus: gaudy power numbers overshadowed that Chavez was usually better than him
- Melvin Mora: cool super-utility player, neat crazy run from 2003-04, but c'mon
- Shea Hillenbrand: nooope; nooooooooope
|Year||Usurper||Usurper WAR||Ellis WAR||Usurper career WAR|
Not a lot of travesty in that list. It would have been nice to see Ellis get the nod in 2005 over Soriano, but it's exactly the pattern you expect: Ellis derived his value from his leather, Soriano from his wood.
|Year||Usurper||Usurper WAR||Crisp WAR||Usurper career WAR|
Same list as for Eric Chavez: top of the list, I don't feel bad about, bottom of the list, feel like Crisp should be making the team ahead of:
- Mike Trout
- Jose Bautista
- Adam Jones
- Alex Gordon
- Michael Brantley
- Nelson Cruz
- Yoenis Cespedes
- Torii Hunter
Hunter's got that end-of-a-long-career thing going for him, but in no small part, this is, yet again, the power game winning out over speed and defense.