Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Brian Schneider all-star?

As I prepare to get completely drenched (maybe we will have a rain delay that tightens Pedro's arm!), and I contemplate whether Jose Vidro, who was activated will play tonight--my guess is that they won't want to test him on the wet dirt--I started thinking that maybe we overlooked the biggest Nats' all-star snub. For the record, I will say that I think we got the two all-stars we deserved and that while I love Nick and J. Guillen, they probably didn't get snubbed.

But did Brian Schneider? That's right, Brian Schneider. Brian isn't just our clutch hitter extraordinaire, who has a higher WV than the couple of batters that always go before him. He also has the second highest OPS out of any catcher in the National League (after the Reds' Jason LaRue, who wasn't named an all-star either). Schneider's .765 OPS is 16 points higher than catcher reserve Paul Lo Duca (who does sport the sexy .300 batting average admittedly, but far less power), and 19 points higher than starter (*cough* fan vote *cough*) Mike Piazza. Add in the fact that Schneider is known to have an exceptional glove and arm this year (46% of runners caught stealing for 2nd in the league--Lo Duca is at 29% and Piazza is a league worst 11%), and it is a no brainer.
Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the argument that Brian Schneider, while no one in the mainstream press will ever say it, was snubbed, and should have been an all-star.

5 Comments:

At 11:39 PM, Blogger wolff said...

i like loduca.. i think he's a very good hitter...better than schneider.. but defensively schneider is better... and schneider has made some huge plays this year.. like that throw to third in chicago...and he's had some very timely hits...

i will tell you one thing: there is no way piazza deserves the nod!... what i found funny about the voting this year is that in the AL (which i used to follow very closely until the nats moved here) i picked all the starters whereas in the national league it was a big mess....i think the national league team is definetly not made up of the best..

huge win tonight...wish i had gone to see pedro but just couldn't (hope you did).. but a real missed opportunity... of course loaiza was the story...huge for him to go 8 innings and give the bullpen some rest...

well and vidro.... i'm SO glad he's back..he's critical..now if only nick johnson and ryan church would heal..

 
At 11:59 PM, Anonymous Bote said...

I can't decide whether to buy a 60-second spot on ESPN or smack everyone on the forehead with a steel bat that has these words embossed on it:

The All-Star Game is an exhibition game solely for the entertainment of the fans.

The fans choose whom they want to see play, and those guys play. That's it.

It's not about stats, it's not about OPS, it's not about ERA.

If in Cal Ripken's final season he was stinking up the place, making errors left and right, doing his usual hitting into double plays every other at bat, he STILL would have been voted to the All-Star Team because the fans want to see him play one last time in this beauty pageant.

It's as simple as that.

 
At 12:25 AM, Blogger DM said...

Bote,

What is simple is that you're pretty much completely wrong.

Only 9 players are chosen by the fans. All reserves and pitchers but one are chosen by the manager. If it were really only about what the fans want to see, why not let them pick the pitchers too?

Also, if the fan voting is so simple-minded, why didn't Derek Jeter win a starting spot? :-) The fans got that right.

Dexys point is that Schneider deserves the reserve catcher spot over LoDuca. I think that is the most underreported story of the All-Star game.

Also, haven't you heard? This time it counts :-)

 
At 1:43 AM, Blogger El Gran Color Naranja said...

Plus Schneider had a horrendous beginning of the year. In June he hit .344 .411 OBP / .531 SLG and he's not slowing down. Right now he's a much hotter hitter than LoDuca.

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger Yuda said...

I made the case for Schneider in a couple of places, but to be honest I think I prefer he get the three days off.

 

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