The Pittsburgh Pirates are having a great season, currently sitting in first place in the National League Central divison and 20 games over the .500 plateau.
Exciting young left fielder Starling Marte has been a huge part of their success. Not only has he been one of the Pirates’ best players this season, but he is also fourth in the National League with a 3.3 WAR, behind only Carlos Gomez, Carlos Gonzalez and fellow Pirates player Andrew McCutchen.
While he is fourth in WAR, Marte was left off of the NL All-Star roster in favor of more recognizable players like Bryce Harper and Carlos Beltran. While Beltran is having a very good season, he hasn’t been better than Marte. With Harper, I get it — the fans love the young exciting players, but I think Marte is just as exciting as the Washington Nationals‘ phenom.
Marte is truly having a breakout season for the Pirates, posting a .294/.345/.460 slash line with eight home runs, 26 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. Among NL outfielders, Marte has been one of the best, with a 7.6 UZR, good for fifth.
I know the All-Star game is meant for the fans to see the players they don’t get to see very often, especially for NL fans to see players from the American League and vice versa. However, just because I know it doesn’t mean I have to accept it. Marte has been more than deserving of an All-Star spot this season, but he will unfortunately have to wait at least another year to participate in the Midsummer Classic.