Congratulations to Pirates reliever Evan Meek, for being selected to the All-Star team. His stellar 0.98 ERA, O.87 WHIP deserve recognition.
I see that Charlie Manuel selected Atlanta backup infielder Omar Infante....why? Infante has a respectable .311 BA, but he's not even good enough start every day, for the team he plays for. I think Manuel had breakfast with former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee-(who claimed he sprinkled reefer on his wheaties), when he made this selection.
I was surprised by Meek's selection, but I felt that he was the deserving candidate from the Pirates. Meek & Carlos Marmol are the 2 best relievers in the NL so far in 2010.
I was on vacation but caught a little bit of Sunday Night Baseball. The announcers were debating the selections, particularly whether there should be an All-Star utility man. I'm not sure they resolved anything, but Manuel's explanation is that he's trying to win the game, & he feels that Infante will be valuable late in the game when a double-switch needs to be made, as he's familiar with all the positions.
I don't agree with the selection---hell, I gotta believe that Andrew McCutcheon or Joey Votto could help the team more than Infante---but I like Manuel's thinking that this is a game that you should try to win, not an exhibition.
White Sox firstbaseman Paul Konerko should have been selected, and lost out to Nick Swisher, in the final vote by fans. Personally, I'm just as pleased to see Konerko get 3 days rest, during the All-Star break, since the team is finally contending-(just swept the Angels).