We all know why the voting for the MLB All-Star game is done the way it is. The league believes that a “fan vote” will make fans more excited; more motivated to vote their players in the game. This setting often comes with flaws – making the game, that should supposedly have the best players to a vote by everyday fans, can do the exact opposite. Last year, the AL All-Star team was nearly all Kansas City Royals because their fans hit the ballot box early and often. Due to some late manipulation (it’s very possible the league interfered), the Royals only ended up with three starters, but that included Alcides Escobar, a shortstop whose numbers were far from All-Star caliber.
Are fans truly motivated to tune in to the All-Star game because they had an effect of choosing the players that are in it? It’s hard to believe they are. It’s even less likely that fans are watching the game because of the ridiculous “Home-field Advantage in the World Series” stipulation to the game. What if the setup was different? What if the All-STAR game was truly made of the best players in the game? What if instead of fans, who often have a clouded mind by their favorite team, it was experts choosing the game based on statistics?
That’s where this article comes in. I am going to do my best impersonation of a general manager who has free rein to make the best team possible choosing from any player currently in their league. Since April just ended, I am going to do this based on April statistics – and not just the normal statistics that you see on the broadcast (batting average, home runs, RBIs) but advanced statistics. With the full array of statistics at my disposal, I will be constructing the perfect roster for each team. I will also choose based on my ideal candidate for each position. I will explain each of my picks and am looking forward to the readers telling me why I’m wrong.
Without further ado, here are your April Advanced Stat All-Stars:
*Note – I am selecting starters at each position (including a designated hitter for the AL). I won’t be selecting a bench, so each club may not have a representative (which is a rule I do not dislike for the actual game). For pitchers, I will choose five starting pitchers, a set-up man, and a closer for each league.
**Note – all statistics had to be for qualified amount of plate appearances (66), or qualified amount of innings pitched (9). They are all courtesy of Fangraphs.com.