We don't pretend to see every player in the state, particularly with cuts being made to every sports staff and the need to multi-task daily, design pages, write stories and take phone calls on deadline.
No system is perfect, yet ours of choosing all-state teams remains among the best of any in the United States, and certainly is considerably better than coaches exclusively making the selections.
What we don't attempt is to cheat anybody, but some sure think that way.
There are 37 Class AAA baseball-playing schools in West Virginia, giving us 333 players from which to choose, mostly regular starters. In Class AA, there are 40 (360 players), and in Class A, there are 46 (414). First and second team has 15 players each for a total of 30 in each class. Special and honorable mention are the players pushed by coaches, receiving the most votes and also chosen by the WVSWA.
The antiquated system of parents and athletes airing their differences or concerns through the telephone or letters is long gone. We are now blessed with Facebook and Twitter. Oh, and message boards where athletes, parents and coaches can be anonymous. Yea, that's responsible.
The final WVSWA high school season awards of the 2012-13 school year were announced Sunday with Hedgesville's Daniel Heleine being named baseball's state player of the year.
Heleine, whose 16 home runs set a school record for the Eagles, beat Cabell Midland's Seth Kinker by two votes in Player of the Year balloting among the sportswriters at the meeting.
Some players were first-team All-State, some were second, some earned special mention and some honorable mention. Some didn't make it.
Some decided to air their differences on social networks.
Most decided to keep their feelings to themselves.
With our sports editor, Chuck McGill, doing work in the office, I managed to see more than 30 games and 25 teams this season.
I have no axe to grind and certainly nothing to gain by not trying to get the state's best players on all-state, which is also the case with the other all-state baseball committee members.
I guess the bottom line is that you can't please everybody all of the time.
To be honest, that's not what I want to do anyway.
We seek perfection, an unattainable goal but one that we strive for, and that's good enough for me.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.