Going into today's games, the Angels had the 5th best record in the American League. They also have just one player on the All-Star team. How common is it for a top-6 AL team to have only the minimum of All-Star representation? This common:
2010: Angels (5th)
2006: A's (4th), Angels (6th)
2005: Indians (5th), A's (6th)
2004: Twins (3rd)
2003: Twins (5th)
2002: Angels (3rd)
Gee, what do THOSE teams have in common? To give you a hint, here's a comparison:
From 2002-2009, the Angels made the playoffs 6 times, won one World Series, and averaged 93 wins a season.
From 2002-2009, the Red Sox made the playoffs 6 times, won two World Series, and averaged 94 wins a season.
From 2002-2009, the Yankees made the playoffs 7 times, won one World Series, and averaged 98 wins a season.
Total number of All-Star selections in the 9 seasons since 2002?
Red Sox 47, Yankees 40, Angels 20.
Note, too, that during that period the only AL All-Star manager to refrain from gorging on the selection prerogative was ... Mike Scioscia.
2010: Yankees 6 players so far (team is in 1st place in the AL)
2009: Rays 5 (finished 9th)
2008: Red Sox 7 (3rd)
2007: Tigers 5 (5th)
2006: White Sox 7 (5th)
2005: Red Sox 5 (2nd)
2004: Yankees 8 (1st)
2003: Angels 3 (9th)
2002: Yankees 6 (1st)
The manager's team ended up with the most selections in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2010; and the second most selections (behind the Red Sox in each case) in 2002, 2007, and 2009. Only Scioscia's selections disprove that rule.
Bonus links from last year: Jered Got Jobbed, the Best Angel Non-All-Star Seasons, and Are Angels Disproportionately Snubbed in the All-Star Game? And I need not remind you of the best player in history to never get called to participate in the Midsummer Classic.