The fourth of July is known for its great events like barbeque, fireworks and the announcement of the MLB All-Star Rosters.
The MLB announced there rosters for the big game and they are set with the exception of the vote in players which will be announced later. As always with All-Star games there are a few players that get snubbed for this big event and this year seemed to be no different.
Here are a few of the players that should have made the roster but were snubbed.
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds: This is perhaps the most glaring snub of the entire All-Star game and not only should he have been selected but he should have been a starter. It’s tough to beat Albert Pujols for a starting spot in the NL but he should be there.
Look at his numbers: Votto - .312 BA, .412 OBP, 19 HR, 57 RBI, 53 R
These numbers are better than Howard and Gonzalez and both of them made the squad. Thankfully he can still be voted in by the fans. It’s time to do the right thing and let Votto in.
Kevin Youkilis Boston Red Sox: In the American League it was Youkilis that got the snub. Look at his numbers: Youkilis - .299 BA, .416 OBP, 17 HR, 54 RBI, 65 R, 2 SB
Now David Ortiz got the pick at DH over him and Youk would never complain about that but for a guy that can play third base and first place the American league has to find some room for him. Like Votto he can be voted in on the fans ballot.
Hitters were not the only snub as we had a few pitchers that did not get selected. The biggest one that comes to mind for me is Heath Bell of the San Diego Padres.
Look at his numbers: Heath Bell - 23 saves (leads NL), 1.72 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 49 K, 36.2 IP. How does the saves leader in the NL on a surprising team not make it to the All-Star game? This is a huge snub.
Pitching was snubbed in the American League as Jared Weaver of the Angels was passed up on. Look at his nubers: Weaver - 8-3, 2.82 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 124 K, 108.2 IP. Let’s not forget to mention the game is in Anaheim! This is a perfect time for a home team player that is having a great season to get recognized, but he was passed up on.
This is not surprising because it happens every year but this year it seems to be worse than ever. Hopefully in the fan’s vote some of these snubs will be corrected in time for the All-Star game.