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Why Yadier Is Not An All-Star

For those of you who voted for the National and American League All-Stars this year, congratulations for using a privilege not always offered to the fans. For those of you who voted for your local favorites without consideration to more deserving ball players, e.g., Yadier Molina – shame on you.

Of all National League catchers who have caught at least 40 games this year, Yadier is dead last in batting average at .231. He has just the 7th most hits among catchers despite having the most at-bats of all NL receivers. He ranks 9th in total bases and he has the 3rd lowest On Base Percentage (OBP) of NL catchers at just .308.

And Yadier continues to play bush-league ball when he should be setting the example of a seasoned veteran to the younger, less experienced players on the team. For instance, in the 4-1 loss to the Brewers just last night (7/1), with runners on 1st and 2nd and just one out, Yadier swung at the very first pitch from new reliever Kameren Loe, who just came into the game, grounding into a rally-killing, inning-ending double play.

Miguel Olivo of the Colorado Rockies is clearly the most deserving to be behind the plate at the 2010 All-Star game. With a .312 average, 11 home runs and 39 RBIs, Olivo is easily the best offensive force at catcher in the NL this year.

And for those of you who will argue that Yadier is a defensive specialist, Olivo has a higher fielding percentage (.993) than Molina and he is throwing out more than half of attempted base stealers at an astonishing rate of 53% which is also superior to Yadier.

All-Star votes should be cast for the most deserving ball players in any given year and the best performers should be rewarded for their on-field accomplishments.

Maybe not being selected to the All-Star team this year is just the tonic that Yadier needs to get him motivated to hustle down the line to first base once in awhile and maybe, just maybe, get his career back on track.

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