The 5 Worst All-Stars In Chicago Baseball History

The 5 Worst All-Stars In Chicago Baseball History

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • The intent of this article is very good, but there are many holes. Jason Bere was in fact the runner-up for rookie of the year in 1993. Josephson hit .247 for the entire season, what was his average at the all-star break. Players make the all-star team based on their performance at the half way point of the season. Many players have amazing first halves and then tail off after the all-star game. Looking at their stats for a whole season, you would think that they don't deserve the honor. In actuality they did because they were among the league leaders at the break.

  • In reply to Alan Rubenstein:

    Josephson was actually hitting LESS at the break. According to Baseball-Reference.com, he was hitting .244 with five homers and 27 RBIs. This was an abysmal hitting team, only one player had double digit homers (Pete Ward with 15) and Ward's 50 RBIs was tied for the team lead.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    recall, though, 1968 was the "year of the pitcher". Carl Yastremski led the AL in hitting that year with a batting average under .300. So Josephson's .247 was actually a tad OVER league average that year.

  • In reply to Rob Letterly:

    Great point Rob. And it was in 1969 that they lowered the mound to "combat" dominant pitchers like Bob Gibson and Denny McClain.

  • In reply to Rob Letterly:

    Not to sharpshoot you, Rob, but Yaz won the AL batting title by hitting .301, the only player in the league to hit .300 or better. And '68 sure was the Year of the Pitcher; I believe the AL's batting average was like .237.
    Glad Swisher made #1 on this list!
    Cheers,
    Brad Clark

  • Alan - Thanks for reading and your comment. You are correct on Bere - typo on my part which I corrected. As far as your "mid season" comments I completely agree. I don't have the stats but there are also plenty of players elected or named based on reputation or a reward for the prior year. Cal Ripken comes to mind late in his career, for one. Ozzie Smith, Pete Rose are a couple of others off the top of my head. That's why I love baseball. You can find a stat for anything and the debate never ends.

  • You might as well put Chris Sale on this this list since he's at pretty close to Bere's point in his career. FYI "Bere's career got off to a great start, as the hard-throwing right-hander went 12-5 in his rookie year in 1993, helping pitch Chicago to the playoffs. In 1994, Bere went 12-2 and pitched in the All-Star Game before the players strike ended the season prematurely."

  • I hope not. No more player strikes or injuries.

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    Steve Swisher the best player on a lousy team? Um, you obviously do not realize that the 1976 Cubs had someone by the name of Bill Madlock playing 3rd base... a Bill Madlock who would end up winning his second consecutive National League batting title in 1976 (.339). Just saying.

  • Brandon thank you for reading and your comments. Madlock was tough as was Rick Monday. Both were more worthy than Swisher, but my point is that as the lone All-Star he was given "elite" status only because of a silly rule.

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    Point taken. CANNOT BELIEVE Madlock and Monday were not on the roster.

  • In reply to Brandon Peacy:

    Madlock was blocked by Pete Rose, Mike Schmidt and another great ballplayer in his prime, Ron Cey. Monday had a great first half as well.

    The Reds had five starters and two reserves so that locked up a bunch of spots.

  • Great blog, but please let us not be reminded of the futility of the Cubs in the 70's! Brickhouse was the only highlight, that and getting to the park early so we could watch and attempt to catch opposing team batting practice homers.

  • It was Brickhouse who said, "Any team can have a bad century." Thanks for reading and your comments.

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