Since it was announced that Evan Longoria, Carl Crawford and David Price would represent the Rays in the 2010 All-Star game next week, many have cited Rafael Soriano as one of the bigger snubs in the American League.
It is hard to argue with his 21 saves (in 22 opportunities, with his 1 blown save coming on an error) and his 1.47 ERA (2.75 FIP). Statistically, Soriano has been worth about 1 win (0.9 WAR), but it would be easy to argue that he has been worth more than that.
Still, we wonder if Ben Zobrist is even more deserving of an all-star nod.
Yesterday, Jayson Stark mentioned on Twitter why the all-star managers chose Omar Infante for the NL squad and Ty Wigginton for the American League. Both are considered controversial choices…
Heard today both ASG mgrs were told to pick a “multi-position” player (Infante, Wigginton). So why weren’t fans told that? Clarity is good!
In other words, the managers were told to include a utility player among their final rosters.
And if that is the case, why was Wigginton chosen over Zobrist? Prior to last night, Wigginton was hitting .246/.331/.445 and has been worth a mediocre 0.3 WAR. Meanwhile, Zobrist is hitting .288/.374/.404 and has already been worth nearly 3 wins (2.8 WAR).
Defensively, Wiggy has played three infield positions (1B, 2B, 3B), but he is a liability with the glove (-8.3 runs overall and negative UZR at all three positions). Zobrist has played five different positions and has been worth 17 more runs than Wigginton defensively (+8.6 runs overall).
What hurts Zobrist is that Wigginton was the only player selected from the Orioles. Still, Wiggy is at best the sixth best player on the O’s right now. Joe Girardi had plenty of other choices to be Baltimore’s lone representative.
Soriano might deserve an all-star selection. But Zobrist is the Rays biggest snub.