Replacement All-Star is somewhat of a misnomer, it implies a lesser quality of player than a player either voted in by the fans or selected by the managers for the Midsummer Classic, however, if one were to look closely at the statistics fans would quickly see that this is not a quality issue. Why have replacement All-Stars? Sometimes players who are voted in by the fans have to skip the game, most notably pitchers who pitch the Sunday before the All-Star Game, and although they will be recognized in Major League Baseball’s written records as an All-Star for the sake of their health they are held out which given the propensity of 100 mile per hour fastballs and the damage those can do to the human body it is a smart call. Such a distinction belongs to starting pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish, Corey Kluber, and Michael Fulmer who will have their roster slots filled by Alex Wood (whose 1.67 Earned Run Average is best in the Majors among starters and should have gotten him a spot from the get go), Chris Archer, Chris Devenski, and Roberto Osuna.

There is also the matter of actual rather than probable injury which felled perennial  Mike Trout who tore a thumb ligament back in late May and is still rehabbing from the injury, which lead to his replacement on the American League roster by Robinson Cano who while not quite being Mike Trout (nobody is) has knocked 17 home runs in his own right and is on pace to hit 31 total taters by years end, which is outstanding for a second baseman. It is never ideal to have to replace the biggest names in baseball but in a given year there are going to be snubs and omissions that fans make (usually from smaller market teams) and although injuries are unfortunate this is one method for rectifying the good problem to have of having more outstanding players than can fit onto two temporary rosters. The All-Star Game will take place on July 11th at Marlins Park in Miami.

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