It's time again for major league baseball's "mid-summer classic," the All-Star game, which this year is in Kansas City.
I wrote a post last year about the silliness of the All-Star rules. A year later they're still silly so I thought I would put together a list of the worst All-Stars in Chicago baseball history.
My method was highly scientific. I looked through a historical list of All-Stars for each team and did some research on those who looked "suspicious," meaning they didn't fit a star definition compared to the others. Or I never heard of them. After all, it's an All-Star game, not a "very good player" game.
Let the debate begin:
5. Jerry Morales - 1977 Cubs
Jerry Morales was a nice outfielder on some so-so Cubs teams in the late 70s. A .259 career hitter, Morales has one of his best year's statistically in 1977, batting .290 with an on base percentage of .348. I remember him for his "basket" catches in the outfield, but an All-Star? The next year he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Dave Rader, Hector Cruz and cash.
4. Jason Bere - 1994 White Sox
This one falls into the "what if" category. Jason Bere made his only All-Star appearance in 1994 after being runner-up for rookie of the year in 1993. In a career hampered by injuries Bere never returned to All-Star form, finishing with an overall ERA of 5.14.
3. Vance Law - 1988 Cubs
Vance Law was another decent player, an infielder who played 11 seasons with four different teams, including the White Sox. Law batted .256 for his career including .293 in 1988 with a career best on base percentage of .358. He was released by the Cubs before playing his final season with the Oakland A's in 1991.
2. Duane Josephson - 1968 White Sox
Catcher Duane Josephson was a .258 career hitter who made the All-Star team with a .247 average in 1968. He ranked near the middle of American League catchers in both fielding and hitting that year, though he did make his lone All-Star appearance with career best numbers.
1. Steve Swisher - 1976 Cubs
Catcher Steve Swisher is a prime example of the foolishness of baseball's "one player per team" rule. A career .216 hitter, Swisher made his lone All-Star appearance in 1976 based on the fact that he was the best player on a lousy team.
Who would you add to the list of Chicago's worst All-Stars? I would enjoy hearing from you.
Of course, anyone who likes us on Facebook is forever an All-Star.