A question of what have they done lately could apply to those missing from The Associated Press baseball all-star team, which lists only Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee's Dave Parker as repeaters.
Excluded were 10 players who graced the 1989 team. Five of them - pitchers Bret Saberhagen of Kansas City and Joe Magrane of St. Louis, catcher Mickey Tettleton of Baltimore, outfielder Ruben Sierra of Texas and third baseman Howard Johnson of the New York Mets - didn't get a vote this year.Also missing from the team is Minnesota outfielder Kirby Puckett, who failed to make it for the first time in five years.
The team is evenly divided with six National Leaguers and six American Leaguers.
Also on the team are first baseman Cecil Fielder of Detroit, third baseman Matt Williams of San Francisco, shortstop Barry Larkin of Cincinnati, catcher Carlton Fisk of the Chicago White Sox, outfielders Rickey Henderson of Oakland and Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla of Pittsburgh, right-handed pitcher Bob Welch of Oakland, left-handed pitcher Frank Viola of the Mets and reliever Bob Thigpen of the White Sox.
Puckett's absence is explained by his batting average, which fell from .339 in 1989 to .298. Saberhagen plunged from 23-6 to 5-9 and Magrane was 10-17 after going 18-9. Tettleton's home runs declined from 25 to 15, while Sierra's power production fell from 29 to 16. Johnson hit .244 with 23 homers the year after hitting 36 with a .287 average.
Fielder made a sensational comeback to the majors this year after spending the 1989 season playing in Japan. In addition to his 51 homers, he led the majors with 132 RBIs and a .592 slugging percentage.
Sandberg, the NL's Most Valuable Player in 1984, led the senior league in home runs and runs scored (116), was second in hits (188) and slugging percentage (.559), drove in 100 runs and batted .306. He was the first second baseman to lead either league in homers since the St. Louis Cardinals' Rogers Hornsby in 1925.
Larkin, one of the key performers in the Reds' first World Series championship season since 1976, batted .301 with 85 runs scored, 30 stolen bases and 185 hits.
Williams, who led the NL in RBIs with 122, also hit 33 homers.
The 42-year-old Fisk had a standout season, his 19th in the majors. He hit .285 with 21 doubles, 65 RBIs and 18 homers, making him the all-time home run leader for catchers with 333.
The flamboyant Henderson moved within two of Lou Brock's all-time stolen base record of 938 by swiping 65 to lead the AL. Henderson also led the majors with 119 runs scored while hitting 28 homers.
Bonds hit .301 with 104 runs scored, 33 homers, 114 RBIs, 52 stolen bases and a NL-leading .565 slugging percentage. Bonilla hit 32 homers and drove in 120 runs.
The 39-year-old Parker hit .289 with 21 homers and 92 RBIs.
Welch, 27-6, was the biggest winner in the major leagues since Denny McLain won 31 for Detroit in 1968.
Viola, 20-12, was the only left-hander in the majors to win 20 games. He led the NL with 249 2-3 innings pitched with a 2.67 ERA.
Thipgen, the workhorse of the White Sox bullpen, had a record 57 saves - 11 more than the previous mark held by Dave Righetti.