...defend Ozzie Guillen. I think he did a reasonable job with the All-Star roster. It's worth noting that his picks are made "in conjunction with the Commissioner's Office", and who knows what thaty means - but basically we have no idea who's really making the decisions. There were several snubs, but that happens every year - a natural consequence of fan voting and the requirement of one player from each team. Yes, Mark Redman sucks, but what can you do (and he's friggin' Sandy Koufax compared to the Pirates' lone rep in 2003: Mike Williams, sporting a 7.55 ERA).
In my opinion, there were two massive mistakes, which could've been fixed easily: Justin Verlander should go rather than Kenny Rogers, and Francisco Liriano rather than Jose Contreras. The stats just don't compare, so it's weird. They went with the older guys - maybe they were worried NL had too many new faces? I dunno - I can't explain it.
Other than that, I can come up with 6 snubs. Travis Hafner, Jason Giambi, Curt Schilling, Mike Mussina, Joe Crede, and A.J. Pierzynksi. The fact that two of them are White Sox suggests than Ozzie really didn't go way overboard picking his own (compared to Torre in 2001). Three of the other four were from Boston or New York, a big strike against them given how well those teams did in the voting (too well, actually) - plus Rivera and Paps had to go. And two of them found themselves in probably the most crowded field in All-Star history. Ortiz, Thome, Konerko, Giambi, and Hafner - wow. Why can't they simply have a DH spot for the balloting, even if no DH is actually used?
So that's 8 snubs, which seems like a lot. BUT: (1) at least one (probably several) will actually go; (2) only two of the snubs are really bad - Liriano and Verlander; and (3) given the strength of the AL this year, snubs are to be expected. Compare this to the NL, which only has one bad snub (despite having 2 more teams!), Nomar. He should win the vote easily.
(Speaking of which, don't forget: Vote For Nomar.)
Update: Turns out Contreras and Rogers were voted in by the players. So much for that.
Update 2: The more I think about it, the less sure I am about Ozzie "doing a good job". He only picked 7 players, but four of them (Sizemore, Zito, Redman, and Tejada) were the sole reps from their teams. Meaning he really only got 3 picks...and picked 3 White Sox. So yeah, Ozzie sucks. But still, the problem is in the balloting (fans and players), and the dumb rule about all teams being represented.