There’s been a lot of discussion over the past 29 hours since we learned we live in a world in which Omar Infante is an All-Star.
I don’t deny that middle relievers are an important part of a baseball team and they play key roles in important games. But the All-Star Game is supposed to be the best of the best. Not the best of each role. Not the best of each positional abbreviation — 3B, SP, MR, CL, etc. Fans want to see Adrian Gonzalez up in the late innings facing Cliff Lee on in relief, not situational lefty Matt Thornton (nevermind his expanded role of late). Those matchups, that intrigue is now lost.