5 Reasons Why Josh Donaldson Does Not Belong In The MLB All-Star Game

MLB All-Star Game: 5 Reasons Why Josh Donaldson Doesn't Belong

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Josh Donaldson is one of the best third basemen in the league, but for him to be in the All-Star Game, let alone starting, is a bit of a head-scratcher.

5. Batting Average

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5. Batting Average

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Among all of his AL teammates, Josh Donaldson has the lowest batting average. Surprisingly, he is not a very good hitter for someone who is on a team like the Athletics.

4. No All-Star Stats

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4. No All-Star Stats

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Aside from his 19 homers, Josh Donaldson is only in the top five in the AL in runs with 58. Him starting in the All-Star game because of homers and runs scored is a bit confusing.

3. Not The AL's Best Third Baseman

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3. Not The AL's Best Third Baseman

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Josh Donaldson may have gotten voted to start by his colleagues, but it does not make him the best third baseman in the league. Adrian Beltre will be his backup in the game, and you could argue that Evan Longoria was snubbed.

2. Defense Is Down

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2. Defense Is Down

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Josh Donaldson committed 16 errors in 414 chances last year at third base. However, he has committed 15 errors in 286 chances. Defense should definitely not be the deciding factor in the All-Star Game, but it is something to consider. It is part of what makes a player an All-Star.

1. Better Options To Choose From

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1. Better Options To Choose From

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Josh Donaldson may be a fan favorite for the All-Star Game, but there are better options to choose from. Aside from Evan Longoria, Donaldson could have been bumped down or even replaced by Chris Sale, who has better numbers as a pitcher than Donaldson as a batter.

Ryan Gaydos is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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