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Big Apple-bound

It sure wasn’t a shock to see Terry Francona take Justin Duchscherer for his AL All-Star pitching staff. Richly deserved, you’d have to agree. I really looked at Duchscherer as a huge question mark entering this season, both because of the hip surgery he was rebounding from and his transition from the ‘pen to the rotation. But Duchscherer will tell you that’s what’s been so gratifying about this season. More than the All-Star invite, he relishes proving doubters wrong about his ability to make the switch.

No A’s infielder finished in the top eight in fan balloting, and no outfielder finished in the top 24. Not incredibly surprising considering the A’s low profile as a team, but I thought Mark Ellis and Bobby Crosby deserved a little more love at their respective positions …

Joe Stiglich

  • Bee

    I am thrilled that Duke got the nod for the All Star game. He certainly deserves it. Incidentally, I got an email from MLB.com today offering All Star jerseys, showing one eith Duke’s name and number on it, presumably because I registered the A’s as my favorite team on MLB.com. When I went to the site to see what exorbitant price they were charging ($119.99 + tax and shipping), I found that they didn’t have one for me to order. I had to do a custom jersey to get one with his name and number on it. Another example to show you how MLB views our small market team. At that price, I wouldn’t buy one anyway.

    I agree 100% about Mark Ellis and Bobby Crosby, but, let’s face it, we are a small market team and there is still that perception that the East Coast, where baseball held pride of place for 80+ years, is where the real baseball action is at. It isn’t fair, but it is what it is. Ellie certainly deserves a gold glove at 2nd base, but will he get it? I hope so, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.