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Omar Infante Not an All-Star

Omar Infante has been added to NL All Star team despite only playing in 59 games this season and having only nine extra base hits and has not been an everyday player.

NL All-Star manager Charlie Manuel said he was told to include a utility player on the NL roster so he has chosen Omar Infante of the Braves. Infante is a very versatile player who can play all the infield and outfield positions but Infante has one home run and 22 runs batted in this season. He is a good player but he is not an All-Star player.

His teammate Troy Glaus who has hit 14 home runs and drove in 56 runs would have been a much better choice not to mention the NL home run leader Joey Votto who has hit 21 home runs.

It had been my understanding that the NL wanted to win the All-Star game this season but now I am doubtful after seeing Votto have to win a final vote to make the team and a pitcher like Carlos Silva has been left off the squad.

Manuel did what most All-Star managers do picking his own player Ryan Howard over Joey Votto even though Votto was among the NL home runs leaders at the time while Howard was 10th.

Adrian Gonzalez was chosen as a reserve first baseman despite Votto having more home runs, runs batted in and a higher batting average. He should have been on the final vote ballot while Votto should have been on the team to start with.


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2 thoughts on “Omar Infante Not an All-Star

  1. Ron Sayles on said:

    I know that picking an All-Star team is an inexact science at best, but as you pointed out, I guess the National League wants the namby-pamby American League to once again have home field advantage in the World Series. Where is Bud Selig when we need him?

  2. I was thinking the same thing. Does the NL even want to win the All-Star game this year? It sure doesn’t look like it.

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