2017 MLB ASG Snubs and Surprises

The 2017 All-Star Game will be played on July 11th in Miami, Florida at Marlins Park. Today the MLB announced the All-Star Game rosters along with the Final Vote candidates.


* Denotes first All-Star Game appearance


American League Starters:            National League Starters:


C: Salvador Perez, Royals                             C: Buster Posey, Giants

1B: Justin Smoak, Blue Jays*                        1B: Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals

2B: Jose Altuve, Astros                                  2B: Daniel Murphy, Nationals

SS: Carlos Correa, Astros *                            SS: Zack Cozart, Reds *

3B: Jose Ramirez, Indians *                          3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies

OF: Aaron Judge, Yankees *                         OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals

OF: Mike Trout, Angels                                 OF: Charlie Blackmon, Rockies

OF: George Springer, Astros *                      OF: Marcell Ozuna, Marlins

DH: Corey Dickerson, Rays *


American League Reserves:           National League Reserves:


C: Gary Sanchez, Yankees *                          C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals

1B: Yonder Alonso, Athletics *                     1B: Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks

2B: Starlin Castro, Yankees                          1B: Joey Votto, Reds

2B: Jonathan Schoop, Orioles *                    2B: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies

3B: Miguel Sano, Twins *                              2B: Josh Harrison, Pirates

SS: Francisco Lindor, Indians                      3B: Jake Lamb, Diamondbacks *

OF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox                            SS: Corey Seager, Dodgers

OF: Avisail Garcia, White Sox *                   OF: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers *

OF: Michael Brantley, Indians                     OF: Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

DH: Nelson Cruz, Mariners                          OF: Michael Conforto, Mets *

OF: Ender Inciarte, Braves *


American League Pitchers:             National League Pitchers:


SP: Chris Sale, Red Sox                                 SP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers

SP: Dallas Keuchel, Astros                           SP: Max Scherzer, Nationals

SP: Ervin Santana, Twins                            SP: Robbie Ray, Diamondbacks *

SP: Jason Vargas, Royals *                           SP: Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks

SP: Luis Severino, Yankees *                       SP: Carlos Martinez, Cardinals

SP: Yu Darvish, Rangers                               SP: Stephen Strasburg, Nationals

SP: Michael Fulmer, Tigers *                       RP: Kenley Jansen, Dodgers

SP: Corey Kluber, Indians                             RP: Greg Holland, Rockies

SP: Lance McCullers Jr., Astros *                 RP: Wade Davis, Cubs

RP: Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox                           RP: Brad Hand, Padres *

RP: Andrew Miller, Indians                          RP: Corey Knebel, Brewers *

RP: Dellin Betances, Yankees                        RP: Pat Neshek, Phillies


Final Vote Candidates:


American League:                            National League:


Elvis Andrus, Rangers                                   Justin Bour, Marlins

Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox                            Kris Bryant, Cubs

Didi Gregorius, Yankees                               Anthony Rendon, Nationals

Logan Morrison, Rays                                   Mark Reynolds, Rockies

Mike Moustakas, Royals                                Justin Turner, Dodgers


American League Surprises:


Michael Brantley, Indians


Yes, he is hitting over .300, but that is all that pops out when you look at his numbers. He only has 5 HR and 31 RBIs on the season. Look at the AL outfielder right above him in average and he is more deserving. Josh Reddick is batting .309 with 8 HR and 33 RBIs. All better numbers than Brantley.



Luis Severino, Yankees


Severino is looking like the pitcher the Yankees hoped he could be. However, I do not believe his numbers are All-Star worthy. He has only 5 wins on the year to go with 4 losses. He is top 5 in the AL in strikeouts and his ERA is only a tick above 3.50. Those are not All-Star numbers to me. Carlos Carrasco (9-3 record, 1.05 WHIP, 3.50 ERA) is more deserving.


National League Surprises:


Michael Conforto, Mets


This will be my first point for the next two players. I understand each team needs at least one representative in the All-Star Game, but is this the right player from the Mets? Conforto is having a very good bounce back year, even though he has slowed down after a hot start. However, I would have taken Jay Bruce or even Yoenis Cespedes over Conforto as the Mets’ representative.


Josh Harrison, Pirates


If you compare Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen’s numbers, most people would say McCutchen deserves it more. I would have to agree. Harrison is batting .288 with 9 homers and 27 runs batted in. On the other hand, McCutchen is batting .282 with 14 homers and 47 runs batted in. McCutchen has 20 more runs batted in! Come on MLB.


Stephen Strasburg, Nationals


No, no, no. He does not deserve it at all. The strikeout total is top ten and so are the wins. However, the wins are also half to do with being on a good team. Antonio Senzatela has the same amount of wins as Strasburg, does that make him an All-Star as well? If you can make a case that other players deserve it more than you, then you do not deserve to be on the team. Alex Wood, Jacob deGrom and Gio Gonzalez deserve it more.


American League Snubs:


Elvis Andrus, Rangers


Elvin Andrus should not have to win the final vote to get in. He should be on this team. His case is simple: Andrus is the only American League SS to be top 3 in hits, doubles, homers, runs batted in, stolen bases, and batting average. What more does the guy need to do?


Chris Devenski, Astros


Arguably one of the best relievers in the game is left off the American League roster. He could easily replace one of those starting pitchers (Luis Severino). Devenski, once again a relief pitcher, has only one less win than Severino. He also leads all American League relief pitchers in strikeouts, while sporting a 2.23 ERA.


National League Snubs:


Felipe Rivero, Pirates


Once again a relief pitcher having a better season than a starting pitcher (Stephen Strasburg) that has been selected. Felipe Rivero has been one of the best National League relievers this year. He is second in the NL in ERA and WHIP, while being top 4 in strikeouts among NL relievers.


Justin Turner, Dodgers


For all players across the entire league with at least 200 at-bats, Justin Turner has the highest average. However, he has to win the final vote to be an All-Star. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense …


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Nicholas LoPrinzi

I'm a washed up D3 college baseball player who is pursuing their MBA in Accounting. I love baseball, basketball, and football; while rooting for the New York Mets, New York Knicks, and New York Giants. Most of the time it is full of misery. I have recently found a passion for writing about sports. I have posted a few articles for Last Word on Sports and I have now created my own website (the-sportstalk.com). You can check out my articles there and also follow the twitter account @_thesportstalk.

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