Every year the MLB All-Star game has few snubs. Here are this years version:
1) Evan Longoria (3B Rays): Plain and Simple Evan Longoria should be an All-Star. Longria when healthy is one of the best all-around players in baseball and has been ever since he’s been the Major Leagues. Besides Miguel Cabrera( DET) and Chris Daivs (BAL), Longoria is squarely in the conversation for American League MVP . His stat line reads like this: .289 AVG, 17 Home Runs and 49 RBI’s
2) Grant Balfour (RHP Athletics): The A’s are in 1st place in the AL West thanks to go a very good bullpen. Grant Balfour is the A’s closer and he’s been the best in the MLB so far this season. He’s saved 22 games for the division leading A’s and has been one of the better relief pitches in the league and it’s time for people to take notice.
3) Shelby Miller ( SP Cardinals): The big stage doesn’t seem to phase Shelby Miller and has been a consistant force in the Cardinals rotation in the 1st half of the season. He has a 9-6 record which ranks 5th respectively in the NL and is 11th with a 2.80 ERA( Earned Run Average) and has an impressive command of the strive zone every time he takes the hill for the St.Louis Cardinals.
4) Howie Kendrick ( 2B Angels): Howie Kendrick has been one of the most consistent 2nd basemen for quite a while and i think he most certainly should have made the All-Star team this yr. I don’t how voters couldn’t make room for a guy whose batting .315( 7th in the AL) along with 11 Home Runs and 40 RBI’s. I understand Robinson Cano and Jason Kipnis being All-Stars but not Ben Zobrist.
5) Josh Donaldson (3B Athletics). I swear the Oakland A’s get no respect and Josh Donaldson hardly gets any. He’s one of the players who should have one of the biggest gripes that didn’t make the All-Star Team. He’s 4th in the AL with Batting Avg (.319), he’s hit 15 Home Runs and drove in 57 RBI’s. He’s gotten better with the glove also, he just has 7 errors in 85 games.
6) Matt Moore (SP Rays): Matt Moore just turned 24 yrs old last month and has already established himself as force to be reckon with when it comes to pitching in the American League. Moore is 2nd the AL with 12 (12-3) wins and owns a 3.42. That isn’t too shabby when you conisder he started off 8-0 with a 2.18 ERA.
7) Ian Desmond (SS Nationals): Ian Desmond should make the All-Star team because an injury to Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies). Desmond is one of the best young short stops in all of baseball. He’s was one of the reasons that the Nationals made a playoff appearance last season. This season he’s 9th in the National League with 15 Home Runs, .281 Batting Avg and he’s driven in 49 RBI’s on the season.
8) Jacoby Ellsbury: Ellsbury has finally stayed healthy this season for the Boston Red Sox. His impact has lead them to the top of the AL East standings so far in the 1st half of the season. Ellsbury leads the MLB in steals with 36, first in triples with 7, second in hits with 107, third in average with .301 and fifth in runs scored with 55.
9) Yaisel Puig: Puig is one of the most exciting players in the Major Leagues right now as we speak. I could care less if he only played 32 games. Take a look at his impact for the once lost Los Angeles Dodgers. In 32 games he has a .409 batting avg, 8 Home Runs and 19 RBI’s. He’s injected life into the Dodgers and his presence in the lineup has them within shouting distance of the N.L West leading Arizona Diamondbacks.