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.