2016 MLB All-Star Roster Release: Chris Davis and 5 Players Who Definitely Got Snubbed
Every year, and in every sport, we see a brand new roster for All-Star games. Whether it’s the NFL, NHL, NBA or MLB, we all celebrate the top players in their respective leagues and often at their respective positions and acknowledge monster seasons, big numbers and/or how much of an asset they are to their team.
Few can really knock the guys that end up getting voted in. There is that rare Kobe Bryant-type inclusion or a guy that was hurt for most of the year gets voted in. But for the most part, the guys that get voted into the All-Star events deserve to be there.
The problem that arises, of course, is whether or not sometimes there might be a player or two that was overlooked and may have deserved to be voted in more.
It’s not necessarily about refuting the guys that made it, but how other players arguably got snubbed. That happened again this year, with the 2016 MLB All-Star starting lineups being revealed recently.
The AL and NL starters for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game have been announced: pic.twitter.com/WbpeKxTYbF
— ESPN (@espn) July 5, 2016
A few guys stand out as obvious snubs, and we felt they at least deserved to be acknowledged ahead of this year’s MLB All-Star festivities:
Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles
There is no getting past Crush’s weak .237 batting average, but Baltimore will take that when the dude is posting 21 homers, 56 RBI and 61 runs.
Your AL snubs – I mean omissions: Chris Davis, Kinsler, Pedroia, Correa, Nelson Cruz, Saunders, Springer, Eaton, Aroldis, Sanchez. Long list
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 5, 2016
Crush signed a massive deal to stick around and his heavy-hitting offense continues to aid an Orioles team that has risen up the ranks and currently sits in first place in the AL East. A huge reason why they’re there is their 424 runs scored, and Davis has played a big hand in that.
There are more efficient options at first base, but Eric Hosmer got voted in as the American League starter at 1B and his numbers weren’t as tantalizing, overall.
Nelson Cruz, OF, Seattle Mariners
Perhaps it’s our love for the long ball and impressive power hitters, but we feel like Cruz got burned here, too. Cruz has been more efficient than Crush (batting .281) and has smacked one more home run (22), so it’s tough to leave him out of the AL starting lineup.
Of course, Cruz was likely going down as a DH on the AL All-Star roster, and there wasn’t any way he was passing by David Ortiz, who is likely in his final MLB season. Still, it seems like he could have been tossed in as an outfielder, where Jackie Bradley took a starting spot with less impressive numbers.
Drew Pomeranz, SP, San Diego Padres
There are a few pitchers that appeared to get boned pretty badly in the All-Star voting. Kyle Hendricks certainly qualifies, but maybe no one had it worse than Drew Pomeranz, who has performed at basically an elite level for a bad Padres team.
All Pomderanz has done is post a strong 2.65 ERA with 109 strikeouts. Pomeranz could be held back by a losing squad and a pedestrian 7-7 mark, but anyone who knows baseball knows wins don’t tell the whole story for pitchers.
Pomeranz has pitched his heart out, yet a borderline pathetic San Diego offense has burned him time and time again in 2016.
Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Back to the hitting, as Gregory Polanco is definitely among the most snubbed MLB stars in this year’s All-Star voting. Polanco was very deserving of a starting role, as he’s been an ultra consistent performer for a Pirates team that for most of the year was a scary playoff threat.
Polanco has been Mr. Reliable for most of the year, putting together a sick .292/.368/.512 line, along with 12 home runs, 50 RBI and 50 runs scored. The 24-year old has been efficient and consistent, only striking out 69 times.
Admittedly, it’s tough to guarantee a young player like Polanco a starting spot over steady veteran stars like Yoenis Cespedes, Bryce Harper and Dexter Fowler, but something still didn’t feel right. The biggest reason why could have been the Chicago Cubs’ insane five players inserted into the NL All-Star game starting lineup, while Fowler specifically had an inferior stat line compared to Polanco.
Max Scherzer, SP, Washington Nationals
There’s no getting around the elephant in the room for Max Scherzer: 21 homers allowed in 2016.
The dude gives up the long ball, it’s true, but he’s otherwise been largely dominant again this year, making the Nats look like the best team in the NL East consistently, and some days even the best in the entire league.
Scherzer tied the record for strikeouts in a game this year and also boasts a solid 9-6 record with a blistering 156 Ks and a respectable 3.21 ERA.
It’s arguable that Scherzer could have been a little more consistent on an elite level and the jacks need to come down, but it’s hard to demand much more out of a high end ace on an elite playoff team.
Got some more All-Star starting lineup snubs to add to our list? Tell us all about them in the comments below!
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