Top 15 Twitter Reactions to 2013 MLB All-Star Game Roster Release
Twitter Reactions to 2013 MLB All-Star Game Roster Release
There are always a wide variety of reactions when the MLB All-Star lineups are announced, and this year was no exception.
Fans often cry out when their favorite players are left off the squad, but that is bound to happen when you have to select the top players at each position. If the cutoff point were higher, fans would still complain about the new borderline players who were left off the expanded roster.
Twitter gives fans the ability to connect more directly with their favorite athletes and sports personalities. Many managers wish this connection didn’t exist because it gives the players a direct line of communication to the world without the guidance of a public relations manager. Fortunately for fans, managers can’t completely restrict their access.
"Snubbed" is a term that always surfaces when the All-Star Game rolls around. People are quick to compare stats of players who made the roster and ones who didn’t to prove they deserved a spot on the team. It’s easy to pull out rogue stats to prove that a player was snubbed and they belong in a spot over someone else. You simply have to dig to find the right ones and a case can be made for almost anyone to get a spot on the roster for the Midsummer Classic.
Whether a player was surprised to make the team in the first place or surprised to be left off, there were plenty of reactions when the 2013 MLB All-Star Game rosters was released. Here are some of the top reactions for this season's selections.
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The Oakland Athletics and their fans are upset about a few players not making the roster, but Grant Balfour's perfect 22-for-22 save conversions gives him a solid argument.
Balfour is 22/22 on save opportunities and doesn't make the ASG roster? Come on baseball, check in Oakland for once #snubbed— Jacob Robinson (@jacober6) July 7, 2013
Justin Upton made the National League roster as a reserve, but probably should have gotten a starting spot over Bryce Harper. There were plenty of Atlanta Braves fans who let their voices be heard on that topic.
...and now Justin Upton gets snubbed for an ASG start b/c fans voted for Bryce Harper. ... #MLB fans are just stupid, I guess.— Matt Carlson (@mpcATL) July 6, 2013
How is Justin Upton not an All-Star starter? #snubbed— Chris Schanz (@thewrite_schanz) July 6, 2013
Starling Marte is another outfielder who won't be making a trip to New York for the 2013 All-Star Game and probably should be. He has been the one of the most productive members of the Pittsburgh Pirates' offense, not to mention his stellar defense.
As a baseball fan, why didn't Starling Marte make the NL All-Star team? He's a huge reason why the Pirates lead the NL Central.— Eric Parker (@ericp331) July 8, 2013
Embarrassed for the @MLB that Starling Marte isn't in the all star game. 4.0 WAR, 27 stolen bases, .292 avg? Come on.— Keenan Murray (@Keenan_Murray) July 8, 2013
Freddie Freeman is a part of the final vote for the National League roster, but he could have easily made the squad without having to sweat it out.
Freddie Freeman snubbed. I wouldn’t have taken Locke. But I guess you can’t really complain. I assume Puig is part of Final Vote.— Bhavin Bavalia (@bhavinforapples) July 6, 2013
Paul Goldschmidt made the National League's reserve roster, but probably should be starting over Cincinnati Reds' first baseman Joey Votto.
Most surprising player votes: Goldschmidt over Votto in a landslide (508-347) and Segura over Tulo (438-309) by a big margin.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 6, 2013
Staring at the NL All-Star roster while writing my second post, Votto over Goldschmidt as 1B starter is a travesty. And I'm Canadian.— Mike Hallihan (@MikeHallihan) July 8, 2013
Tampa Bay Rays fans don't know why Evan Longoria wasn't named to the American League squad, but that's bound to happen when you play at one of the deepest positions in the league.
Picking a perfect All-Star team is impossible, but the biggest surprise for me is that neither Josh Donaldson nor Evan Longoria made it.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 7, 2013
How is Evan Longoria off the all-star roster? Not even a final vote? What a joke.— William Pullin (@WillPullin) July 6, 2013
@IntentionalTalk Biggest Allstar snub is Evan Longoria. Great defensively and a great leader— Brendan Ricciardi (@brendanRICHardi) July 8, 2013
Andrew McCutchen was another player that will have to ride the pine to make room for Bryce Harper. McCutchen is the best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have the best record in baseball. He's possibly the best center fielder in the game, but that's somehow not enough to land him a spot for the NL. Not starting him in the All-Star Game doesn't make a lot of sense.
How is Harper a starter over McCutchen.... #Politics— Casey Bell (@CaseyBell4) July 7, 2013
Closest NL vote: Harper edged McCutchen for last OF spot by only 141,000 votes— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 6, 2013
Bryce Harper as a starter in the Allstar game is another joke. McCutchen is the best Center Fielder in baseball and he's not a starter?— Dante DaBaldo (@DonTizzle88) July 6, 2013
Jay Bruce is yet another National League outfielder left scratching their head after the All-Star selections. Despite having one of his best seasons, it looks like he'll be staying home rather than joining the festivities.
How @JayABruce is not an Allstar is beyond me. Absolute BS..having a year like he has and no recognition, fans shouldn't vote for the teams— Louis Klug (@FrankTucker0) July 7, 2013
Hunter Pence .266 13HR 43 RBI. Jay Bruce .271 18HR 59 RBI. Same position. One is up for the All Star vote, one is not. Explain...— Brent Mathews (@bearcatfan1976) July 8, 2013
Of Jay Bruce all star years this is the one he actually probably deserved.— Redplacementlvl (@RedPlacementLvl) July 6, 2013
Tampa Bay Rays infielder Ben Zobrist's reaction was a little different than most when they find out they made the All-Star roster. Zobrist was reportedly "shocked" to be selected to the American League squad.
The Kansas City Royals will be sending a couple players to the All-Star game, but their top reliever won't be one of them.
Greg Holland didn't make the All-Star team? Why do people hate the Dutch, @basehorbishop?— Joel VanderVelde (@joelvan33) July 7, 2013
Greg Holland missed out on an All-Star bid with a 1.97 ERA, 56 K and 20 saves. Wow— Shane Ewing (@ShaneEwing) July 6, 2013
Greg Holland striking out the side. If that doesn't scream "All-Star" I don't know what does.— Landon Weller (@asvp_lando) July 6, 2013
Shin-Soo Choo could have easily made the National League squad, but the pool of outfielders was simply too deep to get him on the list.
wait so 2 koreans (shin soo choo & ryu) have excellent first halves & someone who only played a month has more chance to be an all star?— Jeff (@therealjeffpark) July 8, 2013
How does Shin Soo-Choo and his third best OBP in MLB (behind only Miguel Cabrera and Joey Votto) not make the All-Star game? Unintelligent.— Brandon Berg (@brandon_berg) July 8, 2013
Bryce Harper spent a big chunk of time on the disabled list in the first half, but voters were apparently enamored enough to put him into the starting lineup for the National League. The worldwide leader itself may not have had a vote, but they can certainly influence the people who do.
Since Bryce Harper is an All Star you might as well make A-Rod an All Star too— Brian Cunningham (@bri_cunningham5) July 8, 2013
Bryce Harper chases fly ball toward the wall at Citi Field, hits it full speed, explodes into fireworks, spell out "MLB ALL-STAR GAME ON FOX— Justin Klugh (@TBOHblog) July 6, 2013
Biggest tool also. RT @ESPNStatsInfo: Bryce Harper will be the youngest player in NL history to start in the All-Star Game.— Arion (@ArionNation) July 8, 2013
With Ben Zobrist being the lone representative of the Tampa Bay Rays to be attending the All-Star Game, many fans are wondering why Matt Moore wasn't chosen instead.
Matt Moore: First pitcher since BAL Sidney Ponson in '03 to win 12 or more games before the break and not get selected to the All-Star Game.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 7, 2013
Maddon said he hasn't heard from Leyland about a possible All-Star addition for Matt Moore. But Maddon would welcome the possibility.— Andrew Astleford (@aastleford) July 8, 2013
Yasiel Puig has set the baseball world on fire with the debate over whether a month of incredible service for the Los Angeles Dodgers should earn him a spot in the Summer Classic. Some think he hasn't proven himself enough yet, while other say he gives the NL the best chance to win the game. Luckily for fans, they'll get one final chance to get his name on the lineup card with the final vote.
#Braves Gattis on Puig All-Star candidacy: "I don’t think anybody deserves it after one month. I don’t think I deserved it."— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) July 7, 2013
Puig's All-Star push is more about timing than talent. He shouldn't be on the team. *ducks*— Eric Wayne (@PhilCokesBrain) July 8, 2013
Puig is an exciting & explosive player, but to have him up for vote to be in the All Star game is yet another populist pollution of the ASG— Dale Lature (@dlature) July 8, 2013
Josh Donaldson has to be the biggest snub of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. Unfortunately for him, he plays the same position as Miguel Cabrera, one of the best hitters in the history of the game, and Manny Machado, who is on pace to hit an excessive amount of doubles and has the hot corner on lockdown.
Two more Donaldson nuggets I dug up: He's reached base more times than Manny Machado & is worth more Wins Above Replacement than Mike Trout.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 7, 2013
Even Colon says, "I have no words to explain that. I’ve always thought about Donaldson and Balfour being part of the All-Star Game too."— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) July 6, 2013
@AthleticsMemes The only reserve 3B selected is Machado with a .315 AVG 6 HR and 42 RBI over Donaldson .317 AVG 15 HR 57 RBI? I need help?!?— Emmanuel (@eman6542) July 7, 2013