The NL won, the NL won! I fell asleep in the recliner before any runs scored but the NL won! I believe that my willingness to cheer for Braves on this one day helped the Senior Circuit prevail.
There were 6 six entries that met the criteria of not having made an All-Star team:
SpastikMooss said...the best active player to never play in an all star game is Eric Chavez
k said...I'd say the best player never to make the all-star game is Don Larsen.
Don said...I will nominate Mickey Stanley.
TheBrooklynMet said...I am going to go with Kurt Gibson.
Dusto said...I'm going to throw a vote in for Tim Salmon.gcrl said...clearly it is eric karros.
Here are some stats of our candidates:
Chavez, Eric - o.1 MVP shares, 115 OPS+, 35.8 WAR
Larson, Don - 99 ERA+, 10.9 WAR
Stanley, Mickey - 0.01 MVP shares, 90 OPS+, 11.9 WAR
Gibson, Kirk - 1 MVP, 1.17 MVP shares, 123 OPS+, 37.1 WAR
Salmon, Tim - 1 ROY, 0.51 MVP shares, 128 OPS+, 37.6 WAR
Karros, Eric - 1 ROY, 0.37 MVP shares, 107 OPS+, 9 WAR
The stats don't tell us about the perfect game or the pinch hit HR but they do narrow the field to 2 clear standouts, Kirk Gibson and Tim Salmon. Salmon has slightly better stats BUT Gibson beats out Salmon 2-1 in World Series wins, including an ALCS MVP in 1984 and a memorable WS MVP in 1988.
The best player to never be an All-Star (at least from these candidates) is Kirk Gibson. I'll dig up something to send to TheBrooklynMet.