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Top 15 Twitter Reactions to 2013 MLB All-Star Game Roster Release

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Twitter Reactions to 2013 MLB All-Star Game Roster Release

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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.

David Fouty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davefouty, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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Grant Balfour

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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.

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Justin Upton

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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.

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Starling Marte

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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.

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Freddie Freeman

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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.

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Paul Goldschmidt

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Paul Goldschmidt made the National League's reserve roster, but probably should be starting over Cincinnati Reds' first baseman Joey Votto.

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Evan Longoria

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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.

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Andrew McCutchen

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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.

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Jay Bruce

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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.

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Ben Zobrist

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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.

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Greg Holland

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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.

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Shin-Soo Choo

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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.

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Bryce Harper

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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.

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Matt Moore

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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.

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Yasiel Puig

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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.

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Josh Donaldson

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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.