15 Biggest All-Star Snubs in MLB History
15 Biggest All-Star Snubs in MLB History
The Midsummer Classic, as it’s known, takes place next Tuesday in New York City. The best of the best get together for one night of exhibition baseball. The MLB All-Star game consists of two 34-man rosters playing for bragging rights and for home-field advantage in the World Series. Both rosters are loaded with incredible talent in the field and at the plate.
Of course with the way All-Stars are chosen, there is always going to be an element of surprise when it comes to who makes the team. A lot of people vote based on name and reputation and not for what happens on the field during the season. Yu Darvish is on the team because of his name and what he did the first month of the season. If you look at the last month and a half, though, he is not All-Star worthy.
The people that get the most attention at this time of the year are the All-Star snubs. These are the players that have had amazing starts to the season and for some reason will be sitting at home during the All-Star break. This is the problem with fan voting for an event, though. You are always going to have the most popular players on the team rather than the most worthy players.
Sometimes you have managers influence as well. The manager, along with the league office, helps fill out the rest of the roster, so sometimes you will get a starting pitcher from his team even though another pitcher might be more deserving. In light of all the All-Star talk, here is a list of the biggest snubs in the All-Star game.
Derek Holland – 2013
The pitcher for the Texas Rangers has had an amazing season this year. He has been a solid starter for the entire year and has been more consistent than teammate and current All-Star Yu Darvish.
Mark Teixeira - 2011
In 2011, Teixeira put up incredible numbers for the New York Yankees. He finished the year with 39 home runs and had 111 RBI. Even though he hit 26 doubles that season, his batting average was a little low at .248 for the season. However, we’ve seen many times before that batting average doesn’t hurt a player when considered for the All-Star squad.
Albert Belle – 1998
Albert Belle had one of the most amazing seasons a player could have in 1998. Playing 163 games that season, Belle finished with 200 hits, 49 home runs, 48 doubles and 152 RBI. The White Sox left fielder won the Silver Slugger and came in 8th in the MVP voting. The only thing missing from that season was an All-Star appearance.
Russell Branyan – 2009
Russell Branyan has been around the league and played on numerous teams. Currently with the Anaheim Angels, his tenth different team, Branyan was a noticeable absentee from the 2009 All-Star game. At the time he was playing for the Seattle Mariners and had hit 22 home runs by the All-Star break.
Ian Kinsler – 2009
2009 could be considered Kinsler’s breakout season at the plate for the Texas Rangers. Kinsler had already proven that he was going to be great defensively. For the season, he had 31 home runs, 32 doubles, and 31 stolen bases. However, this wasn’t enough to send him to the All-Star game.
Josh Donaldson – 2013
How the Oakland Athletics can have one of the best records in baseball and only send one player to the All-Star game unimaginable. With 15 home runs, 58 RBI, and a .319 batting average, Donaldson should be playing in New York for the American League squad.
Kirk Gibson - 1988
Most memories people have of Kirk Gibson is the infamous home run trot on a hurt leg during Game 1 of the World Series. Gibson put together a great year that season with 25 home runs, 28 doubles and 76 RBI. It was enough to earn him the MVP honors for the National League. However, it did not earn him a spot to the All-Star game. As a matter of fact, Gibson never played in an All-Star game.
Edwin Encarnacion – 2012
At the break last season, Encarnacion had 22 home runs, 55 RBI and eight stolen bases. As a matter of fact, 2012 was by far his biggest offensive output of his career. For some reason, though, fans didn’t give Encarnacion the love or the respect he deserved by leaving him off the All-Star team.
Heath Bell - 2007
Pitching for the San Diego Padres at the time, Bell was the setup man for closer Trevor Hoffman. Bell pitched 93.2 innings in 81 games that season and finished with a 2.02 ERA. It’s hard to imagine Hoffman, who did make the All-Star team, getting his 42 saves that season without Bell in front of him to help close the door.
Alex Gonzales – 2010
Gonzales spent the first half of the season with the Toronto Blue Jays and put up incredible numbers including 17 home runs, 25 doubles and 50 RBI. After being left off the roster for the All-Star game, Toronto traded Gonzales to the Atlanta Braves, where he finished out the season. In Atlanta his numbers dropped, but it doesn’t take away from his first-half All-Star numbers.
Stephen Strasburg – 2010
In 2010, Strasburg didn’t start many games, but when he did start, he electrified the crowd. In 68 innings pitched, he struck out 92 batters. Perhaps he didn’t pitch enough innings, but when he did pitch, he was All-Star worthy.
Alex Rodriguez – 1999
Before Tom Hicks and the Texas Rangers threw all kinds of money at Alex Rodriguez, the Seattle Mariners’ shortstop was dazzling fans and crowds with his defensive presence along with his bat. In 1999, Rodriguez finished the season with 42 home runs, 25 doubles and 111 RBI. For some reason, though, these numbers weren’t enough to put him on the All-Star team.
Dan Haren - 2011
Why Dan Haren was left off the 2011 All-Star team is anybody’s guess. You can pinpoint many different reasons except for one – Haren’s numbers on the mound. The stats don’t lie, and his stats told everyone he was All-Star worthy in 2011. For the season Haren had 192 strikeouts and only walked 33 batters. He finished with an ERA 3.17.
Johnny Cueto – 2012
The next pitcher to be left off an All-Star team goes to Johnny Cueto. That’s right. This right hander boasted a 2.78 ERA for the 2012 season. Pitching 217 innings, he struck out 170 batters and only walked 49.
Paul Konerko – 2004
In 2004, Konerko put up monster numbers for the Chicago White Sox. Konerko hit 41 home runs while driving in 117 RBI. Konerko also managed 22 doubles on the season, yet somehow he was overlooked for the All-Star game during the season.