This year’s MLB All-Star Game will be played July 12. Over the years, this game has showcased some of the all-time greats in the game, including many Hall of Famers.
But in taking a look at those players who have been members of the AL or NL all-star teams in the most seasons, there are several players who have not been voted into the baseball Hall of Fame. In some cases, controversy may keep a few of these players out of the Hall for a long time. In other cases, many all-star game appearances does not seem to warrant a place in the Hall. As you look at the following lists, ask yourself, which of these players deserve Hall of Fame selection?
Following are those players not currently in the baseball Hall of Fame who have had the most seasons on an all-star team roster. (Active players listed in a separate list below.)
Player, last season All-Star Game seasons
Pete Rose, 1986 17
Barry Bonds, 2007 14
Ken Griffey, 2010 13
Barry Larkin, 2004 12
Mark McGwire, 2001 12
Mike Piazza, 2007 12
Roger Clemens, 2007 11
Bill Freehan, 1976 11
Steve Garvey, 1987 10
Tom Glavine, 2008 10
Randy Johnson, 2009 10
(Seven players were on nine all-star team rosters: Elston Howard (1968), Davey Concepcion (1988), Fred Lynn (1990), Frank McCormick (1948), Ron Santo (1974), Gary Sheffield (2009) and Joe Torre (1977).
Active players with most All-Star Game seasons: Ivan Rodriquez (14), Alex Rodriquez (13), *Manny Ramirez (12), Derek Jeter (11), Mariano Rivera (11), Ichiro Suzuki (10).
* Ramirez was active at the beginning of the 2011 season