But stop there - there's a reason that we have the rule. And yeah, Evan Meek (the Pirates' lone pick) and Michael Bourn (the Astros' selection) aren't among the best players in the National League this year.
But I grew up near Cleveland in the 1980s, an era when few Indians deserved to be All-Stars. But the All-Star Game is an event watched by pretty much every baseball fan from coast to coast, and when Ken Schrom or Jorge Orta or Pat Tabler got in the game -- and yeah, they all actually made the American League roster in an Indians jersey -- it was a point of some pride, something we looked forward to seeing. And there are young fans of the Astros, Pirates and Indians of 2010 who will look forward to seeing Bourn, Meek and Fausto Carmona possibly get in the game. Why give these fans another reason not to care about baseball?
It does little harm to pick one player per team, especially since they seem to expand the rosters every year. There are now 34 players on each side, with fans voting, players voting and managers voting. And you know what? They all still make bad decisions on who makes the roster. (Omar Infante? A utility infielder? As one of four Atlanta Braves on the NL roster? Really, Charlie Manuel?)
It will never be a perfect process. But one-per-team is a tradition worth keeping.
New to the site: This week's About.com Power Rankings has an All-Star theme. And in the fantasy baseball Weekly Planner, Kevin Kleps presents some backup plans for owners affected by the major injuries at second base, plus more two-start pitchers, hot-and-cold lists and start-and-sit advice. And our weekly analysis of the best players available on the fantasy baseball waiver wire takes a look at another big-time prospect and three second basemen who are excelling with little notice.