Deserving players won’t be rewarded with All-Star trips 

click to enlarge Sean Doolittle, currently in the closer role, is one of a handful of A’s players who deserve a trip to the All-Star Game next month. Not all will make it to Minneapolis. - TED S. WARREN/AP FILE PHOTO
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  • Sean Doolittle, currently in the closer role, is one of a handful of A’s players who deserve a trip to the All-Star Game next month. Not all will make it to Minneapolis.

Here's how shafted the A's have gotten in terms of recognition for what now has to be considered sustained excellence: Even their own fans are tempering their All-Star enthusiasm.

The following is a conversation I had with a tried-and-true A's fan while standing in line at a Livermore Starbucks.

A's fan: "Hey, you think the A's will finally get a position player into the All-Star Game this year? It's been, like, forever, right?"

Me: "Yeah, it's been 10 years. But Josh Donaldson is a lock. That streak is over, and it might get obliterated. Derek Norris is creeping up there in the voting and should at least make it as a backup. Yoenis Cespedes could very well make it. Those throws jacked up his profile unreal. You could make a strong case for Brandon Moss, too."

A's fan: "Think we'll get a pitcher in?"

Me: "Hell, yes. They could get three! Scott Kazmir and Sonny Gray are in line for a shot if they keep doing what they've done, and Sean Doolittle has to make it, the way he's dominating right now."

A's fan: "Really? I don't know, man. No way all those guys make it. I'll be happy with two -- Donaldson and a pitcher."

The look on his face was a mixture of sadness and resignation. And it made me sad. A's fans should be sky-high right now, but some of them aren't.

Let's pretend for a minute that the All-Star Game isn't a joke. That the voting isn't impossible to truly understand or trust. Let's pretend that it really is a reflection of which players are playing at an All-Star level.

Wait. Sorry. Can't do it. The Midsummer Classic is a joke. So is the voting. And a ton of guys playing All-Star ball won't make it.

But the A's do have seven potential All-Stars. And a division lead. And the past two division titles. Hold that Frappuccino up high.

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Mychael Urban

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Mychael Urban has been covering Bay Area sports for 25 years and has worked for MLB.com, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and KNBR (680 AM).
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