Congrats to Jayson Werth and Nelson Cruz on making their first all star teams.
I have been a fan of Werth for a long time. His uncle is Dick Schofield and his mom was an Olympic track runner. He was drafted by the Orioles as a catcher. He ended up making it to the majors as an outfielder in Toronto. During spring training one year he was traded to the Dodgers for Jayson Frasor.
When he got playing time with the Dodgers he was a great player. He could steal, hit for power, had great range. He was doing so well that he was rumored to be a key part in a trade that would have brought Randy Johnson to the Dodgers. That was his peak, he was bitten by the injury bug soon after. The injury bug stayed with him while he was in the Dodger organization. On his way back to the being on the major league roster, he got his by a pitch in spring training, broke his wrist and was never seen again in a Dodger uniform. The Dodgers non tendered him and the Phillies picked him up on a minor league contract and he has proved to be a bargain. It is not often that you can get a 5 tool player at such a bargain price.
Nelson Cruz had a complicated journey to the All Star game. He was a key part of the Carlos Lee trade that brought Lee to Texas and Cruz to Milwaukee. He never caught on with the Brewers and was subsequently cut. He caught back on with the Rangers and bam.