One of the greatest things about collecting Topps baseball cards while growing up was seeing the All-Star Rookie trophy on the cards of the standout young stars from the past season. Pretty impressive, right? How about this one? The trophy became a little more inconspicuous as time passed, but it was still evident to a young fan that the player pictured on the card was one to watch.
The 51st Annual Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team was announced yesterday. Here they are:
Catcher - Omir Santos, Mets
First Base - Travis Ishikawa, Giants
Second Base - Chris Getz, White Sox
Third Base - Gordon Beckham, White Sox
Shortstop - Elvis Andrus, Rangers
Outfield - Chris Coghlan, Marlins
Outfield - Andrew McCutcheon, Pirates
Outfield - Nolan Reimold, Orioles
Right-Handed Pitcher - Tommy Hanson, Braves
Left-Handed Pitcher - J.A. Happ, Phillies
Where's Andrew Bailey of the Athletics? He was the American League Rookie of the Year, right? But, true, deciding on the pitchers was tough this year. Brett Anderson, Randy Wells, Rick Porcello, and Jeff Niemann all have arguments.
What argument does Omir Santos have? Orioles catcher Matt Wieters had more at-bats, more runs scored, more hits, more home runs, more RBI, a better batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. Really now, Omir Santos?
How about Pirates outfielder Garrett Jones? This story on the release of the All-Star Team lauds the Orioles' Reimold for pacing "AL rookies with 15 homers while adding a .279 batting average." In only 82 games, Jones batted .293, slugged 21 home runs, drove in 44 runs, and notched a .938 OPS. Those are All-Star Rookie numbers.
The rest of the guys, hey, no further complaints. They earned their spots. Considering that Andrew Bailey's already received his trophy and Matt Wieters probably won't be lacking for trophies by the end of his career, we can now let the subject drop.