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MLB Barometer: LoMo Rising

Howard Bender

Howard Bender

Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over a decade on a variety of web sites. For more from him, you can find his personal musings on his blog or follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy. For questions, thoughts or comments you can email him at

While you would think that a selection to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game would be an easy indicator of a player's overall value on the rise, we as fantasy owners probably look at the midsummer classic a bit differently. It's supposed to be a nice break in the middle of the season where the fans can sit and watch the best of the best play against each other, but as a hardcore fantasy player, my point of view has become a lot more jaded over the years. Few people today remember that 1970 All-Star Game when Pete Rose came charging home to score the winning run and leveled the Indians Ray Fosse to do it. The catcher suffered a separated shoulder and while he still went on to play 42 games in the second half, many point to that moment as the beginning of the end of Fosse's injury-plagued career.

Now thankfully, we haven't had any moments like that in recent history. However, that's not to say that players haven't dinged themselves up to the point where it may have a negative e

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