Daily Distractions: Minor-league awards honor Nick Buss as one Triple-A’s best outfielders in 2013.

Nick Buss

Nick Buss led the Pacific Coast League in RBIs, with 100. (Associated Press photo)

The Triple-A All-Star team, announced Tuesday by Minor League Baseball and the Topps Company, is a real motley crew.

The group includes a 30-year-old veteran of seven seasons of independent baseball (Chris Colabello), a first-round draft pick from 2001 (J.D. Martin) and Nick Buss, the former USC outfielder who made his major-league debut at age 27 with the Dodgers in September.

Buss had a .303/.363/.525 slash line at Triple-A Albuquerque before his call-up, when he collected 2 hits in 19 at-bats as a Dodger. He had 17 home runs and 21 stolen bases, and a PCL-leading 100 RBIs after spending all of 2012 at Double-A Chattanooga.

As the Dodgers’ 40-man roster stands now, Buss is one of three outfielders behind the four well-paid supertars (Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig). Mike Baxter and Scott Van Slyke are the others.

Some bullet points for a Guy Fawkes Day:

• Jay Z is reportedly under investigation by the MLB Players’ Association.

• Another name to watch this winter: Suk Min-Yoon. He’s a 27-year-old right-handed pitcher attempting to be the second player to jump directly from KBO to MLB (along with Hyun-Jin Ryu) in two years. Suk’s fastball topped out in the 87-90 mph range last season, which might relegate him to a bullpen role on some major-league teams. His agent, Scott Boras, probably won’t get Ryu money for Suk this winter, but it’ll be interesting to see where he lands.

• When newly appointed Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus managed the Dodgers for a day, Josh Suchon and Greg Gibson knew he would manage again.

• Are mascots, and other forms of in-game entertainment “a natural part of playing baseball in the U.S. in the 21st century”? A Missouri court is about to decide. (Attention: Steve Brener, Mark Monninger)

• Will Hall of Fame voters hold Tony La Russa culpable for his role in the Steroid Era?

Rob Neyer thinks that former Dodgers manager Joe Torre won’t have to wait much longer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but his former owner — George Steinbrenner — might.

• “Ce Matin La” means “that morning” in French. The sweet horn section makes me think it was a good morning for Air:

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