There might be no greater illustration of the devaluation of batting average than this: Joc Pederson, the Dodgers’ rookie outfielder, is starting the All-Star game.
He is batting .230.
This is not an all-time low, not even close. Pederson has the lowest batting average of an All-Star starter since all the way back in … 2012, when Dan Uggla (.221) was in the National League lineup and Mike Napoli (.228) was in the American League lineup, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Elias also reports that 20 players have started an All-Star game with a batting average of .230 or lower. The lowest: Dodgers coach Davey Lopes, who started in 1981 despite a .169...