6 biggest MLB All-Star Game snubs

Movie quote of the day:

“Hello, 911? It’s an emergency, my teddy bear’s been kidnapped!”

– John Bennett, “Ted” (2012)

The MLB announced the rosters for the 2017 All-Star Game on Sunday, and it’s been announced which players will serve as replacements for players who can’t participate due to injury. For the most part, I had no problem with the players that were voted and selected to participate. I realize it’s difficult to get every player that’s having a great year in the All-Star Game since every team has to have a representative – which I have no problem with – but here’s my list of the eight biggest snubs anyway (two in the American League, four in the National League):

American League:

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu hits a home run during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

1B Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
.293, 98 hits, 16 HR, 58 RBI

Abreu was my pick to be the AL first baseman when I voted last week. I can handle him losing out to Justin Smoak – the player with the most votes as an AL first baseman – because Smoak has a higher batting average and more home runs in fewer at-bats than Abreu. However, Abreu has better numbers in almost every category than Yonder Alonso – the player who was voted as the AL first base reserve. Abreu has a higher batting average, more hits, more home runs, and more RBIs than Alonso.

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

SS Elvis Andrus, Texas
.301, 100 hits, 11 HR, 50 RBI

I didn’t vote for Andrus last week to be the AL’s shortstop, but after seeing his numbers, I feel like he should’ve got more respect from voters. I’m fine with him losing to Carlos Correa – the player with the most votes as an AL shortstop, including my own. However, he has better numbers than Francisco Lindor – the player who was voted as the AL shortstop reserve – in almost every category. In fewer at-bats than Lindor, Andrus has a higher batting average, more hits, and more RBIs.

National League:

Cincinnati Reds left fielder Adam Duvall hits an RBI single against the Milwaukee Brewers during the eighth inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

LF Adam Duvall, Cincinnati
.280, 88 hits, 20 HR, 61 RBI

I’m still trying to figure out how Cody Bellinger was voted into the All-Star Game over Duvall. Granted, Bellinger does have more home runs, but Duvall leads him in almost every other category. Duvall has a higher batting average, more hits, and more RBIs than Bellinger. I realize that Cincinnati is one of the worst teams in the league though, so I guess Reds fans should be satisfied with two representatives in the All-Star Game – Zack Cozart and Joey Votto.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez pitches against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

SP Gio Gonzalez, Washington
7-3, 2.86 ERA, 113.1 IP, 110 K

Of the six NL starting pitchers selected to the All-Star Game, Gonzalez does have fewer strikeouts than all of them. However, Gonzalez has at least pitched more games than five of them, he’s pitched more innings than four of them, and has a lower ERA than four of them. So, his numbers aren’t horrible and ranks in the top three in the NL in ERA. That being said, it probably would’ve been hard to have three Washington starting pitchers selected to the All-Star Game.

Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

C J.T. Realmuto, Miami
.296, 80 hits, seven HR, 32 RBI

I’ll be totally honest, I didn’t even know who Realmuto was before I started writing this piece. So, I can’t imagine I’m not the only one either outside of Miami, and I’m sure that’s what held back Realmuto from being voted the NL catcher reserve. Instead, the voters picked a big name and more proven veteran like Yadier Molina. Keep in mind, Realmuto has a higher batting average and more hits than Molina in fewer at-bats.

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Felipe Rivero pitches against the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

RP Felipe Rivero, Pittsburgh
3-2, 0.78 ERA, five saves, 46 IP, 54 K

Pittsburgh is one of the league’s worst teams this season. So, the Pirates were always going to be one of those teams to only get one representative to the All-Star Game. However, I feel like Rivero was really overlooked and should’ve been Pittsburgh’s representative. I was shocked to learn that Rivero’s ERA was so low despite appearing in 43 games (tied for No. 1 in the NL as a reliever) and has pitched 46 innings (tied for No. 3 in the NL as a reliever).

Thanks for reading

Shane Price
Follow me on Twitter – @priceisright53


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