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Should Troy Tulowitzki be an All-Star?

Let's look at the Tulo's All-Star resume.

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Welcome to the 12th Purple Row edition (and 117th overall) of Tuesdays With Mitch, where I can't think of a timely and clever opening line. Everybody have a good holiday weekend? Good. Let's get into it...

As the All-Star rosters were revealed yesterday, I had but one question:  Would Troy Tulowitzki join Nolan Arenado in Cincinnati and give the Rockies two All-Stars, or would Arenado be the lone representative for the Rox?

Of course, that question was a little off base, as DJ LeMahieu was a a surprise selection alongside the obvious choice of Arenado. Still, I was a little surprised that Tulowitzki wasn't on the roster. And surely you know that Tulo could still join the team if he beats four pitchers in the National League's Final Vote, except that he can't and that thing was over before it started. Congrats Clayton.

So yeah, this post isn't some kind of #VoteTulo campaign or even a look at his competition among the Final Vote. Again, Kershaw won that thing before it started*. I'm looking more at whether Tulo should have been named to the roster in the first place.

*By all means go vote for Tulo like a billion times. Don't let me dissuade you. I just think it seems like a long shot.

First let's look at his competition at shortstop. Of all the shortstops in the National League, only three have been any good offensively. Two of them are All-Stars. One of them is not. Let's look at the numbers (through games played Sunday):















Jhonny Peralta














Brandon Crawford














Troy Tulowitzki














So all three guys are having pretty similar years. Tulo has a significant edge in batting average (56 points better than Crawford), on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS. The counting statistics are all pretty similar, though Tulo has compiled his numbers in fewer at-bats and plate appearances. The park adjusted metrics hate the Rockies this year so that pulls Tulo down in the OPS+ category. But yes, when looking at those numbers it becomes clear that Tulo can definitely be considered a snub.

It will be interesting to look at the numbers for these three guys at the end of the year. If Tulo continues anything close to what he's been doing since the end of May he'll end up having a better overall year than both Crawford and Peralta. (Troy is hitting .392/.447/.600 since May 29th.). But again, everything has been pretty even thus far.

There is one factor thought that would make me rethink Tulo's snub if I were Big Head Boch. Tight game. One of the American League's best pitchers on the bump. National spotlight. High leverage situation. Who would you rather have at the plate with home field advantage in the World Series on the line, Brandon Crawford or Troy Tulowitzki? Crawford is a deserving All-Star, but I'm taking Tulo in that situation every time.

But overall, I can't get too worked up over the selections of Peralta and Crawford over Tulowitzki. In short, they're all having very similar seasons, but Crawford and Peralta play on contending teams. Tulo does not and I'm fine with that being a deciding factor. And of course, Peralta was voted in by fans who don't care about PED use and Crawford was voted in by the players, so the only decision manager Bruce Bochy had to make was whether or not the roster needed three shortstops.

It was an interesting decision for Bochy to take three first basemen, three second basemen, three third basemen, but only two shortstops. Had Bochy decided to select one fewer player from any of the other infield positions and replace him with a third shortstop, or simply take three players at each infield position and one fewer pitcher or outfielder, Tulo would be going to Cincinnati.

When looking at the other infielders who may not have a case as strong as Tulo's, one name stands out: DJ LeMahieu. The Rockies' second baseman was voted in by the players, but had they voted in Joe Panik, who deserves it over LeMahieu, Bochy could have (and possibly would have) chosen to carry all three deserving shortstops and just the two second baseman. (Dee Gordon is starting.)

Now, this isn't meant as a slight to DJ; I love the dude and am thrilled for him. Most of his season has been fantastic. But it's pretty interesting that it could have been a straight-up swap of Tulowitzki for LeMahieu had the rosters been constructed a little differently due to player voting or a personal decision from Bochy.

The way the teams are selected leaves deserving players vulnerable of being left out each year. It happens every July. In 2015, it happened to Troy Tulowitzki.

Now we proceed to the weekly departments, where I'm leaning pretty heavily on soccer. That's something I thought I'd never say.

Stud of the week:
My favorite person involved with all the World Cup stuff (aside from Alex Morgan) was definitely this guy:

I guess the players did good too, most notably this goal from a million miles away:

Ass of the week:
In non-USA games, this play was perhaps the most unbelievable, gut-wrenching thing I've seen in sports this year. Laura Bassett boots it into her own goal to essentially end the game. Just amazing, the stuff you see in sports. And yes, even though I'm giving her a dubious honor in this space, it's impossible not to feel for that young woman. (It was also kind of funny.)

Tweet/Photo of the week:

A cool shot of the U.S. team celebrating in the locker room.

Some other stuff from around the internet:

This is a fun (long) interview with Max Scherzer, who is very a poised speaker.

Hey did you know Vin Scully is still great? He says he won't be, but I sure wish he would still be here in 2030.

I haven't seen this one in a while. Like, since Little League. Pretty funny that the runner even bothers to dive back.

And this here is a very, very special Vine. Stay humble after dunking, kids.

I have absolutely no context for this Vine. It was just retweeted into my Twitter feed a few days back. It's fun. (26 million loops!)

And finally, here's the Astros' mascot, Orbit. He's uhh... ummm... having a good time. (GIF via Deadspin)

Happy Tuesday, everybody. Thanks for readin'. See ya next week.


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