Firstman: Toiling, and sometimes excelling, in anonymity

From SABR member Diane Firstman at Value Over Replacement Grit on July 9, 2012:

So we’ve come to another All-Star game, and given the ever-expanding rosters, we now have a situation in which one of every eight MLB regulars in an “All-Star”.  But even with roster expansion and the silly rule that every team needs to have at least one representative sent to the game, there HAVE been players good enough to have long careers, who never got to spend three days in (insert All-Star host city here).

Here is a list of those batters with the most career games played but no All-Star appearances.  I’ve limited the list to those with careers starting no earlier than 1933 (year of first All-Star game).  The number of games played is regardless of position, but at least 50% of the games must have been at the position listed.

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Originally published: July 10, 2012. Last Updated: July 10, 2012.