2013 MLB All-Star Game: Putting Together the NL All-Snub Team
Compiling the NL All-Snub Team
Ever wonder what an all-snub team would look like? Maybe one day there will be a game for All-Star snubs like the guys on this list, as I'm sure it would be a hit for fans of the players involved.
The 2013 MLB All-Star Game is just a week away and there are many players who would be considered snubs. These players have given it their all for the entire season thus far and have still not earned the respect of their peers, fans nor managers. Some players burst onto the scene like no other and took the baseball world by storm and still haven't proven enough to make it in.
Snubs are guys that have worked harder and maybe even harder than some of the guys at their position or others that still made the All-Star team.
Most of the time, snubs are guys that are lesser-known. As a result they have a hard time making it to their first All-Star Game because there are big names out there having average seasons, yet they're more publicized and get far more attention.
I have compiled a list of the National League All-Snub team. They wouldn't necessarily be able to compete with the starters of the All-Star Game, but they could definitely contend with the reserves who were selected by their peers.
It's hard to say anyone in the Midsummer Classic didn't deserve to get voted in, but sometimes other guys deserved it more and just because of their name, they failed to accumulate fan and player votes.
Here is my list of the NL All-Snub team, placing a snub at each position.
C: Willin Rosario
As one of the least-heard of young stars in MLB, Willin Rosario is a very deserving player at the catcher position. The 24-year-old is hitting .273 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI.
1B: Freddie Freeman
Freddie Freeman is one of those guys that you shake your head at because of his lack of votes. He should be an All-Star but not enough people agreed.
2B: Chase Utley
Chase Utley is one of the best veteran second baseman out there. However, his .276 average apparently wasn't enough to earn him a bid.
SS: Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond is leading the Washington Nationals in homers and RBI, he's a rare specimen at shortstop and a budding star. Too bad no one will realize that this year.
3B: Ryan Zimmerman
The third base position is one that stresses offensive success and defensive prowess. Ryan Zimmerman is a contributor to both categories, yet he didn't earn enough respect to get sent to New York.
OF: Yasiel Puig
Easily the most debatable guy on this team, Yasiel Puig has become a trend in baseball for more than a month now. He burst onto the scene with his hot bat and amazing arm in the outfield, but his .409 average, eight home runs and 19 RBI in just his first major league month just weren't enough for fans.
OF: Jay Bruce
Having the same, or even better numbers than some of the guys that actually made the NL All-Star team, Jay Bruce's 18 home runs and 60 RBI went unnoticed with voters.
OF: Starling Marte
At the young age of 24, Starling Marte is sure to be a star within the next couple of seasons. The outfielder is hitting .288 with nine home runs and 27 RBI. His 27 stolen bases are extremely impressive as well. Marte is a rare five-tool player.
RP: Mark Melancon
Yet another Pittsburgh Pirate on this list, Mark Melancon has been the most reliable reliever on the team and one of the best in the majors. With a 0.85 ERA, 24 holds, a 9.35 strikeouts per nine innings and 11 strikeouts to walks ratio, this guy screams 'All-Star'.
SP: Stephen Strasburg
Stephen Strasburg doesn't have the ideal record for a starter in the All-Star Game, but his 2.45 ERA and 107 strikeouts don't scare me away.