Of course, when you have so many superstars crammed into a 9 classic of the best of the best, you’re bound to find some major leaguers that were deserving of playing in the Midsummer Classic and were snubbed.
Donaldson got the last laugh against his opponent in an extra-innings affair before the All-Star break, but the last laugh was actually on Donaldson. 3rd base is a super-deep position with Cabrera and Machado. This left Donaldson’s 16 HR, 61 RBI, and .310 BA on the outside, looking in. Better luck next season, but I don’t think that Cabrera is going anywhere.
Loney has had a career year with the Rays to a tune of .315 with 9 HR and 43 RBI. These may not seem like huge numbers, but Loney has been such a consistent player that has come up with the big hits.
In the fantasy league world, he’s known as “Choo Choo” for everytime that he’s come up big which has been a lot. Choo carries a .425 OBP and .893 OPS for a Reds team that’s been very good. Choo had a period of time in which he struggled and that definitely cost him a spot on the All-Star team.
Shortstop has been a weak position this season and one would surely think that Desmond would have made the team. A .281 BA with 15 HR, 49 RBI, 10 SB should make Desmond eligible to play in Queens, but it didn’t make the cut. Desmond is tops on his team in batting average and home runs.
Catcher is pretty thin in the American League and Santana carries a .379 OBP, which is only 2nd to Joe Mauer. This is a boarderline “snub”.
There was a big dispute on whether Puig should make the All-Star team due to his limited amount of at-bats. I for one though that he was worthy. Ultimately, he didn’t make it.
In 151 at-bats, Puig has 8 HR, 19 RBI, .391 BA, and 5 SB. He brings a great electricity to the game and has made the Dodgers a much better ball club, giving them an opportunity at the National League West Division lead. He’ll definitely make it in years to come if he keep’s playing like this.
The pitcher was pretty sharp in the 1st half of the season for a hard hitting Rangers ball club, but it wasn’t enough to get him in.
On the season, Holland is 8-4 with a 3.08. Holland might not have made the All-Star team but he could use this time to rest from the marathon known as baseball.
3rd Base Log Jam
We mentioned Donaldson already and 2 other 3rd baseman that could’ve made the All-Star Game are Adrian Beltre (21 HR, 55 RBI, 316 BA.) and Evan Longoria (18 HR, 52 RBI, .278 BA). There simply weren’t enough spots in the American League at this position.
I would love to know if Ellsbury took PED’s as he only has 3 home runs on the season, but he’s set the tone for Boston with 33 RBI, 59 runs, and 36 SB.
Relievers often get overlooked, but Drew Smyly (56 innings, 4-0, 1.91) should have made the team as a Tiger.
If I left anyone off of the list, I apologize. Pitchers like Stephen Strasburg deserved a look, but lack of run support didn’t help their cause and in Strasburg’s case, high expectations were also involved.
Jay Bruce, Howie Kendrick, and Adrian Gonzalez also had a reasonable gripe in not making the team.
Better luck next year, fellas!
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