Monday, July 07, 2008

The Boras Star Game

Joe Crede: .261, 15 HR, 47 BI, 17 errors
Jason Varitek: .218, 7 HR, 27 RBI

These two guys were the two obvious head-scratchers when the American League All-Star team was announced yesterday. While both guys have certainly been worthy in previous seasons, each of them is having an off year this year.

Joe Crede started the season strong offensively, but has seen his defense decline rapidly, already committing a career high 17 errors at third base.

Jason Varitek, hitting a meager .218, should be nowhere near Yankee Stadium next Tuesday. Both Varitek and Crede were voted onto the team by the players.

Besides wasting two roster spots that should be used for more worthy players, what else do these players have in common?

  • Both of them are free agents after this season.
  • Both of them are clients of super-agent Scott Boras.
Is Scott Boras gaming the system by having his clients cast All-Star votes for Crede and Varitek to help them secure more lucrative deals in the upcoming off-season?

(h/t Daryl)

3 comments:

  1. Brian Says:

    I disagree about Crede. This year has been his best year. Still not an All Star though.

    And Varitek being an All Star is kind of like a midget winning a tallest man competition (or something funnier and real).

  2. Brian Says:

    Also, your theory is pretty interesting. That would be so awesome if it's true. I love it when systems that don't effect me break down.

  3. Devon Says:

    Nice conspiracy theory! I really don't like it when guys having a bad season somehow get into the All-Star game. Then again, I also don't like it when a guy is there just because his team needs to be represented but he doesn't deserve to be there. I wonder how many players have been left off the midsummer classic roster, who had clearly better stats than some of the players who actually got a free ride...