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The Case for Daniel Hudson to be in the All-Star Game

A popular phrase goes that only two things in life are guaranteed, death and taxes. I nominate, however, that we add All-Star snubs into that, as every year there is at least one or two players who deserved to be in the All-Star game but weren't. This year, the biggest and most notorious snub is Andrew McCutchen, whose WAR among Outfielders is second only to Joey Bats. Among Pitchers, CC Sabathia seems to be the popular choice, however, he wouldn't even have been able to pitch in it because he starts the Sunday before, so I nominate Daniel Hudson as a contender. David Schoenfield talked of Ian Kennedy from the D-Backs as a possible final vote candidate, but one of his Arizona rotation-mates is much better qualified to appear. Comparing the two, Kennedy has a better K/9 rate and has more IP, but Hudson has more W (yeah that doesn't mean anything but I just decided to include it for kicks), a better BB/9, HR/9, GB%, FIP, and has a nearly one-win better WAR. Comparing him to the rest of the National League, his 3.2 WAR ranks 5th, his FIP 9th, and his BB/9 10th. On top of all that, his BABIP is above .300 and he pitches in one of the most-hitter friendly parks in the league, which also happens to be where the All-Star Game is this year. I'm not saying he should be an All-Star, just that he deserves just as much talk as any other snub. 

 



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