Saturday, November 13, 2010

Questonable All Stars Pt. 3: Gerry Moses

The All Star selection process is such a subjective procedure that sometimes deserving players get left off. Then there are times when players who do not deserve to be All Stars are named to the team.

I promised yesterday that I would do something on this player. When I first discovered that he was an All Star in 1970, I was pretty surprised. I have done quite a bit of research, and I still cannot explain it.

Gerry Moses played in 92 games for the Red Sox in 1970. His final slash line was .263/.313/.384/.697. He hit 18 doubles, 1 triple, and 6 home runs. He drove in 35 runs and walked 21 times compared to 45 strikeouts. So, the final statistics are not all that impressive.

So, what about his first half stats? His slash line was .278/.316/.394/.710. He had three home runs, 23 RBIs 14 doubles, and his only triple. So, it is true that the greater amount of his production was in the first half.

This was Moses's only All Star appearance, and the only time he played a majority of the season. Moses did not play in the game, even after Pete Rose ran over catcher Ray Fosse.

But, let's look at the other American League catchers that year,except the Tigers' Bill Freehan and the Indians' Ray Fosse as they were All Stars, and their slash lines:
BAL Elrod Hendricks .242/.317/.382/.699
CAL Joe Azcue .242/.292/.302/.594
CHW Ed Herrman .283/.356/.505/.861
KCR Ed Kirkpatrick .229/.319/.406/.725
MIL Phil Roof .227/.306/.377/.683
MIN George Mitterwald .222/.291/.388/679
NYY Thurman Munson .302/.386/.415/.801
OAK Frank Fernandez .214/.327/.413/.740
WAS Paul Casanova .229/.251/.354/.605

Pretty weak year for catchers, but Munson, Herrman, Kirkpatrick, and Fernandez were each much more deserving candidates for the All Star game that year.

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