The 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game takes place tonight at 7:30 ET at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium, where the National League will try to win their 3rd Mid-Summer Classic in a row over the Junior Circuit—a notion that was utterly unthinkable just 5 years ago. And if you’re under the impression that the game doesn’t matter just because the managers treat it like a coed company softball game (I think they even give participation trophies), think again: the league that wins the AS Game gets home field advantage in the World Series, and the last two WS were won by underdog National League teams. So, yeah.
Anyway, as we’ve come to expect, there was a ton of debate over the selections and omissions for the 2012 squads—hello, Dusty Baker—and some feelings were hurt. But it’s all pretty silly, because there’s no way to make everybody happy.
That being said, it is fun to talk about the other great players you won’t be seeing in Kansas City tonight. So today I’ve put together this official team of Non-All-Star All-Stars, a team made up of the guys who didn’t make the cut for one of the official squads. And while I don’t think this team would beat either of the real All-Star Teams, I do think they’d probably win any division in baseball.
So check it out. I don’t think I missed any obvious choices, but if I did, let me know.