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Don Mattingly: Can Giancarlo Stanton turn things around in second half?
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Don Mattingly: Can Giancarlo Stanton turn things around in second half?
Friday July 8th, 2016

With this year’s All-Star rosters set (pending Friday afternoon’s Final Vote results), we wanted to take a look at the first-half’s Anti-Stars: the worst full-time players at every position. But before we can build our team, we need to set up some parameters.

First, eligibility for this Anti-Star team is limited to qualified players who are still in possession of their starting (or closing) job. Platoon players and starting pitchers who have spent time in the bullpen are not eligible, nor are players who have spent significant time on the disabled list. Nearly every player on this Anti-Star team has performed below replacement level on the season; whenever they are on the bench or DL, they are actually making their team better. Also, this is not just a list of the worst hitters in the majors. Defense matters, and if someone is making up for deficiencies at the plate with strong play in the field, he is more valuable than someone who may be slightly more productive at the plate but is also a detriment in the field.

With that squared away, here are your 2016 First-Half Anti-Stars, seven of whom are former All-Stars.