10 MLB Players Who Don’t Belong on the 2014 All-Star Team

10 Players Who Don't Belong on the 2014 MLB All-Star Team Rosters

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The MLB All-Star Game rosters are often voted on based on popularity. It is very rare that a young, lesser-known player will be voted in over a veteran, future Hall-of-Fame-caliber player who is having a down year. Since the MLB All-Star Game actually does decide home-field advantage in the World Series, fans should start taking the voting more seriously. Here are 10 players who don't belong on the 2014 All-Star rosters.

New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter

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New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter

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We all know Derek Jeter will find his way into the All-Star game somehow. He is retiring after the season, so it will be a ceremonious time for the Hall-of-Fame shortstop, but he clearly isn't an All-Star anymore. In 124 plate appearances this season, Jeter is hitting just .252/.325/.315 and he hasn't been an above-average player since 2012.

Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla

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Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla

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Dan Uggla used to be a feared power-hitter, but now he can't even keep a starting job. Hitting just .184/.241/.272 with a 44 wRC+, Uggla has been benched by the Atlanta Braves. He may have been an All-Star at one point in his career, but he's nowhere near that caliber anymore.

New York Yankees C Brian McCann

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New York Yankees C Brian McCann

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OK, so we're three players in and two of them are New York Yankees. Trust me, I'm not picking on the Yankees. Brian McCann is just having a horrible season in his first year in the Bronx, hitting .212/.252/.345 with a 59 wRC+.

New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson

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New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson

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Here, Yankee fans, I'll pick on a New York Mets player. The Mets' biggest offseason splash was signing Curtis Granderson to a four-year deal, and so far, he's been an obvious bust. In 138 plate appearances, Granderson is hitting .176/.283/.294 while striking out in 26.1 percent of his trips to the plate.

St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig

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St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig

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After hitting .454 with RISP last season, Allen Craig seemed destined for a step down in production in 2014. I don't think anyone expected him to struggle to the tune of a .211/.259/.353 triple-slash line through 143 plate appearances, though.

Cleveland Indians 3B Carlos Santana

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Cleveland Indians 3B Carlos Santana

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The Cleveland Indians put a lot on Carlos Santana's plate heading into 2014. Along with expecting a lot from him offensively, the Tribe moved Santana from catcher to third base. Did the position change hurt his offense? Maybe, but it's impossible to tell. Obviously, his .139/.305/.270 line isn't good enough for the Indians' cleanup hitter.

Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward

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Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward

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Jason Heyward has been a good player for the Braves, but he has yet to live up to the immense hype that followed him to MLB. So far in 2014, he has been horrible with the bat, hitting just .211/.298/.308. He's an excellent defensive player and base-runner, but not many players make All-Star games because of their defense.

Texas Rangers 1B Prince Fielder

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Texas Rangers 1B Prince Fielder

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Involved in the biggest blockbuster trade of the offseason, Prince Fielder hasn't lived up to the Texas Rangers' expectations so far. When the Rangers traded Ian Kinsler for the hefty first baseman, they surely wanted more production than his current .231/.355/.354 triple-slash line.

New York Mets 3B David Wright

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New York Mets 3B David Wright

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David Wright has been decent, hitting for a .284/.335/.362 line in 155 plate appearances, but he hasn't shown enough power to be considered worthy of an All-Star spot. He's also striking out 22.6 percent of the time and walking in only 6.5 percent of his plate appearances, both are some of the worst rates of his career.

San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval

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San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval

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The "Kung Fu Panda" hasn't showed much fight so far in 2014 (pun definitely intended), as he has hit just .171/.250/.276 in 136 plate appearances. He lost weight before the season and he is in the final year of his contract, so all the signs pointed toward a big season from him. So far, he has yet to provide anything positive for the San Francisco Giants.

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