The All-Star game is next week in Miami and the Cardinals will be represented by Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina. Martinez has now been elected to two All-Star Games (2015) and Molina, of course, has participated in a lot more than that.
But today I wanted to recognize Cardinals who played dutifully while wearing the Birds on the Bat but were never rewarded with the All-Star honor while in St. Louis. This is a job for the Play Index, and here are the results going back to 1933 when the All-Star Game was first played:
Highest WAR (Baseball-Reference model) accumulated with the Cardinals without making an All-Star Game: Solly Hemus - 21.6
Most plate appearances: Dal Maxvill - 3,492
Hits: Todd Zeile - 719
Doubles: Todd Zeile - 149
Triples: Solly Hemus - 33
Home runs: Todd Zeile - 75
Runs scored: Solly Hemus - 374
Runs batted in: Todd Zeile - 374
Walks: Jose Oquendo - 414
Stolen bases: Tony Scott - 87
Batting average (min: 1,000 PAs): Spud Davis - .296
On-base percentage (min: 1,000 PAs): Tommy Glaviano - .393
Slugging percentage (min: 1,000 PAs): Fernando Tatis - .525
OPS+ (min: 1,000 PAs): Fernando Tatis - 130
Highest WAR (Baseball Reference model): Al Brazle - 21.8
Innings pitched: Bob Forsch - 2,658.2
Wins: Bob Forsch - 163
Strikeouts: Bob Forsch - 1,079
ERA (min: 500 IP): John Tudor - 2.52
FIP (min: 500 IP): Harry Gumbert - 3.10
ERA+ (min: 500 IP): John Tudor - 146
Fair to say I’m shocked that John Tudor never made an All-Star game. He was probably the best pitcher in baseball not named Dwight Gooden in 1985.
And Todd Zeile’s career with the Cardinals looks better in this light than he’s often given credit. Zeile played for 16 seasons, hit over 250 home runs and never made an All-Star game after he left St. Louis either. Tony Phillips probably had the best career in baseball having never made an All-Star game, but Zeile ranks in the top five in hits, runs scored, and runs batted in. His 253 career home runs rank ninth all-time for players to never make an All-Star game with Tim Salmon leading the pack at 299.
Most of us had work off yesterday for the Fourth of July, and it was therefore a slow day at VEB but here’s what you may have missed:
- Craig Edwards updated the Cardinals’ 2017 draft board, showing who’s signed and for how much.
- Here’s the farm report as almost every affiliate was in action on Monday.
- The Cardinals couldn’t escape a a bad 6th inning yesterday and dropped a game to the Marlins 5-2. As You Van Slyke it recapped the game for all of us.
That should do it, enjoy your Wednesday, everyone.