.218 with 7 home runs and 27 RBI and an on-base percentage of .300. That sounds like someone who should be placed on waivers, or sent to Triple A. But it’s not. It’s someone headed to the All Star game next week.
Jason Varitek may be having the worst season of any player ever named to the mid-summer classic.Â And it’s not like he was voted in by the fans, either.Â Varitek was selected by his fellow American Leaguers.
Listen, I understand the pickings among AL backstops are slim this year.Â Posada has been injured and both Pudge and Victor Martinez are having terrible years. And I get that AJ Pierzynski is the most hated player in the world, so guys don’t want to give him the honor, but Varitek has the lowest batting average of any catcher in the major leagues.Â He’s having a horrendous season!
Are you going to argue historical significance with me?Â That’s a bunch of bull too.Â Yes, Jason Varitek has been the heart and soul of two championship teams.Â But he’s not a legend. This is not Cal Ripken or Willie Mays getting voted into the game at the tail end of their careers.Â Varitek is not a Hall Of Famer, and outside of New England, I doubt he’s even a household name.
The AL should have gone with two catchers, and given Varitek’s spot to someone who actually deserves it, like Jermaine Dye or even Mike Lowell.