It’s Griffey’s team
It’s official. Here’s the Pravda lead story:
Help Griffey and Co. head to St. Louis for ASG
All-Star Game ballots were released on Wednesday and former Seattle All-Star standout, Ken Griffey Jr., tops the list of Mariners nominated for the Midsummer Classic
Now, I don’t want to be a dick about this — scratch that, I kind of do. Yay Griffey’s back, yay. That said, what the hell? This is exactly the kind of all-Griffey, all-the-time nonsense I dreaded.
Griffey is hitting a Vidro-esque .184/.326/.342 (yes, I said it). He hasn’t gone to an All-Star game since 2007 and only two in the last five (four in the last ten).
What about the rest of the team? Just in terms of general acclaim, Ichiro’s gone every year since 2001 (and won a Gold Glove every year and only one year (2005) has Griffey beat him in share of MVP votes. In contribution over the last few years, Beltre’s a legitimate All-Star. And that’s not even counting Felix!
But this is what they’re pushing? Griffey as All-Star? Come on. His clubhouse influence can’t possibly be so great that the massive contributions the other players have made to this team should be reduced to “& Co.”