The 2016 MLB All-Star Game is fast approaching, and the fan voting has come to a close. With nearly half of the season behind us, which St. Louis Cardinals truly deserve to take the field in San Diego?
Just a day or two before fan voting closed for the All-Star Game, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina lost the lead for the starting spot to the Giants’ Buster Posey, leaving the Cardinals with no position players starting, and only 5 with significant vote support.
A couple of these guys deserve to be in contention for a spot at the Midsummer Classic, and a few don’t. The All-Star Game has always been a maelstrom of confusion among fans; an eternal battle of talent, personality and legacy.
Should this player play based solely on the fact that they’ve played in several years past? Should this shortstop be on the roster because of an incredible glove, despite a middling bat? What stats are important?
With the St. Louis Cardinals, this part is especially tough. This is a team without any guaranteed, perennial All-Star, among the likes of Mike Trout or Bryce Harper (although some may say that a couple are on their way there).
So then, who should play? Which Cardinals truly deserve to play in the Midsummer Classic, or even earn a starting spot? Let’s take a look-see.
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