It was announced a little while ago that the Reds’ sole All-Star representative will be shortstop Felipe Lopez.

Yep, the same Felipe Lopez who didn’t start for the first month of the season.

Yep, the same Felipe Lopez who only elbowed his way into the starting lineup because the sub-.200 hitter ahead of him on the depth chart got injured.

Yep, the same Felipe Lopez who was benched to start the season by the Reds “brain trust” — Dan O’Brien and Dave Miley — in favor of Rich Aurilia.

Yep, the same Felipe Lopez who isn’t even as good as the aging veteran Rich Aurilia — if you listen to O’Brien.

Sheesh.

Meanwhile, Adam Dunn wasn’t even mentioned for an All-Star spot despite being one of the most productive players in the league. I can’t help but think that Dunn didn’t get All-Star respect mainly because his own team gives him zero respect, usually batting the team’s best player either sixth or seventh in the lineup. If his own team doesn’t think he’s good enough to hit third or fourth, how can he be an All-Star?

I love this team, but they will not be contenders until Dan O’Brien is run out of town on a rail.

4 Responses

  1. tom

    The Reds have usually had outstanding shortstops. It looks like Lopez is in that tradition. Now if they can only develop a touch for pitching; because with their payroll they’re not going to be able to buy much. Maybe Verne can get it done.
    Dunn is the guy to build this team around. He’s a slugger with 21 HR’s so far. Who cares about the lack of sac flys and the KO’s. Getting rid of him will be a monumental mistake. Pay him what the market dictates and go from there.

  2. Glenn

    Congrats to Lopez on being selected to the all-star team. He deserves it. What he really deserved was to have been voted in.
    As I recall, the spring training stats for he and Aurilla were comparable. Aurilla was handed that job, he didn’t beat Lopez out.
    With the exception of LaRue, there are no easy outs on this team. The problem is that because of the Reds horid pitching staff, there are no easy outs on the other side either.

  3. Hugo

    Dunn wasn’t considered for an All Star spot because he isn’t one. At least not this year. All he does is hit home runs. He doesn’t hit for average and doesn’t drive in alot of runs. If he’s the future of the Reds then the future isn’t very bright.

  4. Glenn

    I have to disagree with Hugo. It’s true Dunn’s low batting avg is going to keep him off the All Star team this year. Its something he definately needs to work on. However, Dunn is still putting together a 40 hr, 100 RBI season and to me that’s something you don’t trade away. I think you build a franchise around a guy like that.
    Lopez, Dunn, Pena and hopefully Kearns are all going to have pretty good careers in the bigs. Let’s hope those careers happen in Cincy.