You’re Out! 10 Guys Who Got Snubbed From The 2010 MLB All-Star Game
Tell us if this makes any sense to you: The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is the only professional All-Star Game that actually means something. Unlike the NBA‘s All-Star Game and the NFL‘s Pro Bowl, the winner of the MLB All-Star Game gets more than just bragging rights for the next year—it earns home-field advantage for its respective league in the World Series.
So it’d only make sense that the absolute best players make the All-Star Game, right? Well, yeah. But that doesn’t mean that’s what happens. On Sunday, the MLB All-Star lineups were officially announced. And while plenty of the league’s usual suspects (what up, DJ? Welcome back, David. Nice to see you again, Albert!) were chosen to play in the game, there were a few notable snubs. Leaving the 10 guys below off the final rosters is a mistake.* Especially when you consider what’s at stake.
*Editor’s Note: Due to injuries, a final round of fan voting and several other factors, some of the guys listed here might end up making the final roster. Don’t hate us if they do. All we’re sayin’ is…they should have been picked to play in the game in the first place!
1. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
I can hear your arguments now. “He’s 2-2!” “He’s only pitched in a handful of games!” “He’ll get plenty of opportunities to pitch in All-Star Games in the future!” All valid points. But let me ask you this: If you’re Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, coach of the National League, and you need to get a guy out, is there anyone else you want on the mound? Outside of just being a solid pitcher, most MLB teams haven’t faced Strasburg so he’d literally be the best secret weapon in the history of the MLB All-Star Game. Fail, Charlie. FAIL!
2. Mike Pelfrey, New York Mets
Pelfrey has been the heart and soul of the Mets’ pitching rotation this season, which has been surprisingly strong considering the predictions offered by many baseball analysts before the season began. Think his snub has anything to do with a skipper from Philly serving as the manager for the game? Hmmm…
3. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Votto has 19 home runs, 57 RBIs, a .313 batting average and the highest slugging percentage in Major League Baseball. Bottom line, it’s an absolute crime he’s not on the National League club. That said, we’re not particularly surprised. With Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard and Adrian Gonzalez on the roster, the team is stacked at first base. But it’s a shame that the small market player has to miss out on playing in the All-Star Game as a result of that.
4. Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox
We’d honestly be shocked if Youk doesn’t somehow manage to land on the final roster. He’s been the best power guy on the Red Sox this season and helped the squad emerge as a worthy opponent for either the Tampa Bay Rays or the New York Yankees in the division. Like we said, we wouldn’t be surprised if he landed on the final roster, but how did he not make the first cut?
5. Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels
Weaver has more strikeouts than any other pitcher in the American League. He throws hard. He’s kept his pitches under control this year. And he’s got a respectable 8-3 record for the Angels. Again, hard to imagine a manager (in this case, Yankees skipper Joe Girardi) not wanting an arm like Weaver’s at some point in the game. Just doesn’t make much sense to us—especially considering the game is in Anaheim this year.
6. Michael Young, Texas Rangers
Admit it: You can’t name a single player on the Rangers roster this season. Despite the fact they’re currently atop the American League West division, the Rangers are still being viewed as a team that’ll fizzle out eventually. We’re betting they won’t go down without a fight—and the hard-hitting Young is a big reason why. He might get in with the final fan vote—assuming enough people know who he is—but he should’ve been in the discussion all along.
7. Mat Latos, San Diego Padres
Like the Rangers, the Padres have owned the West in the National League this season. But, for the most part, they’ve got a bunch of guys no one is familiar with. Latos is the stud of the pitching stuff, though, and deserved a chance to man the mound in order to try and possibly get the Padres—yes, the Padres—home-field advantage in the World Series.
8. Andy Pettitte, New York Yankees
The stats tell you everything you need to know here: Pettitte is 10-2 with a 2.82 ERA for the team leading the A.L. East. If you don’t know anything about baseball, that means he’s good. And it’s crazy to think that he won’t get a nod without a little help from his manager Girardi.
9. Miguel Olivo, Colorado Rockies
A true snub, because Olivo’s got no chance of getting selected to the team. The National League already has two catchers lined up to play in the game. But Olivo leads all N.L. catchers in slugging percentage and has 11 home runs and 39 RBIs to go along with a solid defensive game. We realize catcher isn’t the sexiest position in the league. But Olivo got his ticket to the All-Star Game stolen here by the fans, who voted St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina to the game instead.
10. Dan Uggla, Florida Marlins
Sure, Uggla had a few terrible errors in the 2008 MLB All-Star Game at the old Yankee Stadium. But he still should have received a slot this year, thanks in part to his 15 home runs and 46 RBIs so far this season. With Phillies second baseman Chase Utley missing the game because of injury, there’s no way Uggla should be sent to the bench during All-Star Weekend. But as you’ve (hopefully) come to realize by checking out this list of guys, sometimes that’s just the way these things go.
Anyone out there that you think should have made the team? Speak your mind.