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For every All-Star, there are dozens of ... well, not stars. They are the players who could be stars. Maybe even should be stars. They are players who certainly have been given the opportunity to star. Instead, they've done squat. Except, of course, make it onto the CNNSI.com All-Stiff Team. Click here for the National League roster.

American League
1B
DOUG MIENTKIEWICZ
MINNESOTA TWINS
.262, 3 HRs, 37 RBIs
It's tough to be in first with a powder puff at first, but the Twins have managed it. Mientkiewicz hit .330 last May. He hit .229 this one. Thank goodness there's no competition in the AL Central.
2B
RICKY GUTIERREZ
CLEVELAND INDIANS
.243, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs
This is the guy who was supposed to replace Roberto Alomar? His on-base percentage is less than .300. So is his slugging. There are reasons the '02 Indians are looking like the '72 Indians. Here's one.
3B
TRAVIS FRYMAN
CLEVELAND INDIANS
.214, 7 HRs, 36 RBIs
Oh, yeah. Here's another. In his best days with Detroit, Fryman could be counted on for 22 homers and 100 RBIs. Injuries and age have beaten down this five-time All-Star. Now he can't be counted on at all.
SS
NEIFI PEREZ
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
.221, 2 HRs, 21 RBIs
When he played in Colorado, he could hit. A few hundred feet lower, he's not close. He has only nine walks and he's on pace for a career high in strikeouts. Freddie Patek, where are you?
LF
GREG VAUGHN
TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS
.163, 8 HRs, 29 RBIs
It's hard to believe this guy hit 50 home runs once. Now, he goes 222 at-bats without one. And what about that .099 April? A DH, too, he's the coldest thing in Tampa Bay since the Bucs' offense.
CF
MIKE CAMERON
SEATTLE MARINERS
.214, 14 HRs, 48 RBIs
Wow, those four homers in a game were impressive, weren't they? Cameron, an All-Star last season in Seattle, hit only .191 in June and is pushing for 100 strikeouts before the break. But, wow, that one game ...
RF
RAUL MONDESI
NEW YORK YANKEES
.226, 15 HRs, 46 RBIs
The ex-Jay could make a lot of All-Stiff teams. Or All-Star teams if, like your second grade teacher used to say, he ever applied himself. But, Mr. Tosca, at least he's played the game. Kind of.
C
EINAR DIAZ
CLEVELAND INDIANS
.213, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs
With those offensive numbers, you'd hope Diaz would be a little better than 19-of-73 in the Throwing Out Baserunners Dept. Well, hope away. No offense and his defense is lame ... it's not the best of combinations.
SP
TODD RITCHIE
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
5-10, 5.42 ERA
Nobody ever mistook Ritchie for an ace, but he was supposed to be respectable, at least, for a team that was supposed to contend. Well, he's not (129 hits in 106 IP), and neither are the Sox.
RP
JOHN ROCKER
TEXAS RANGERS
2-3, 6.66 ERA
3 blown saves (four chances)
It's easy to take potshots at ol' potty mouth, but if you look at the numbers, he deserves a berth on this team. Really, 29 hits -- including five homers -- in 24 innings? Enough said already.
National League
1B
J.T. SNOW
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
.224, 3 HRs, 31 RBIs
Thought we'd go with Mo? We could have. But not the way Snow's playing. He's lost his job and, after a second straight miserable season, you have to wonder if he's finished for good.
2B
ROBERTO ALOMAR
NEW YORK METS
.259, 6 HRs, 26 RBIs
The 12-time All-Star has been in a funk since being traded from Cleveland. He's hitting .186 against lefties and only .254 with runners in scoring position. Houston's Craig Biggio gets some votes, too.
3B
ADRIAN BELTRE
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
.238, 7 HRs, 29 RBIs
We love guys on good teams who can't swing their way out of a ball bag. Beltre, who hit .290 in 2000, has that deadly combination of no power, no speed (2-for-6 in steals), no hitting.
SS
REY ORDONEZ
NEW YORK METS
.237, 1 HR, 27 RBIs
He's always been all flash. This season, with 13 errors, he's not even that. You could take this kind of offensive production from an old-school shortstop. Not these days. Not on the Mets.
LF
MOISES ALOU
CHICAGO CUBS
.248, 6 HRs, 23 RBIs
His streak of four straight 100-RBI seasons is dead. He's starting to hit -- .316 in June -- but he had only four homers and 10 RBIs with it. As huge a disappointment as the Cubs are.
CF
KEN GRIFFEY JR.
CINCINNATI REDS
.243, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs
It's hard to pick on somebody who has been hurt so much. The Kid is suffering. The only ones suffering more are the Reds, who are 31-19 with Griffey out of the lineup but just 13-20 when he plays.
RF
JEROMY BURNITZ
NEW YORK METS
.215, 9 HRs, 30 RBIs
"A swing and a miss" was invented for this guy. He's not quite as bad as his old Milwaukee buds, but he can whiff with the best of them. After hitting .161 in May, it's now all uphill.
C
JAVY LOPEZ
ATLANTA BRAVES
.233, 6 HRs, 28 RBIs
If Lopez were hitting at all, the Braves would be up by 15 games. He's still good behind the plate, very solid at throwing out runners, but that .285 on-base percentage smells a lot like the Chattahoochee.
SP
MIKE HAMPTON
COLORADO ROCKIES
4-9, 6.86 ERA
Wonder if he longs for New York? The $121 million is nice, no doubt. But the guy has given up 135 hits in 98 1/3 innings. He's walked more hitters (56) than he's struck out (51). This is a staff ace?
RP
GRAEME LLOYD
MONTREAL EXPOS
2-3, 6.59 ERA
In '98, the Yankees' lefty was one of the best setup men in baseball. Now opponents are hitting .339 off him. The Expos want to make a run at the Braves. They'd better keep Lloyd penned up.

 


 
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