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MLB All Star Snubs Form Better Rosters Than Actual All Stars

Written by Matt Stevens   
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 22:03

2011 MLB All Star betting odss gameEarlier this week, the MLB released its sports betting All Star rosters for the American and National Leagues for the 2011 season. Entering the second decade of the 2000’s it appears that MLB betting enthusiasts will have to ponder who actually makes the cut for the All Star game, as the players left off this year’s  team, could form better rosters. Here is a look at several players that were stiffed of an All Star invite, while other teams got to send plenty of players.

For the record, we understand that how the MLB standings shape up by All Star time has as much to do with the All Star game as it being a popularity contest amongst the fans. However, we think it is ridiculous to believe that certain players made the cut based on popularity, instead of overall talent.

Such was the case with New York Yankees short stop Derek Jeter, who both is one of the most popular players in the MLB and happens to play on one of the best teams. Jeter has had a poor season thus far, hitting two home runs and 20 RBI while also missing time with an injury.

Despite missing time, Jeter made the cut as one four Yankees on the All Star team. Meanwhile, Jhonny Peralta the short stop for the Detroit Tigers, who just so happens to lead the American League in batting, slugging and OPS was snubbed from the roster. In a moral world, Peralta would have made the All Star game while Jeter regardless of his popularity would have missed out.

Now, this isn’t to say we hate the New York Yankees, but rather we would like to see the actual best players make the All Star game and not the popular ones. In keeping with New York, look no further than Yankees staff ace CC Sabathia who was snubbed of an All Star spot in 2011. According to multiple sources, Sabathia was snubbed of his spot because he is scheduled to pitch on Sunday and would still be tired come Tuesday’s All Star game. It should be noted however, that Cole Hamels, James Shields and Matt Cain, all face the similar issue, yet they were selected to the All Star game. Sabathia in effect was snubbed for Kansas City Royals reliever Aaron Crow.

To continue our point about the most talented players should play in the All Star Game, fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks were shocked when only Justin Upton was selected to play in the game. The Diamondbacks are the host team of the All Star game this year, and have one of the best pitching rotations in all of baseball.

In order to provide certain players with a final opportunity to make the All Star teams, the MLB has created a last chance voting option. As it relates to the Arizona Diamondbacks, staff ace and former New York Yankee Ian Kennedy is a part of this ballot, as he has an impressive record of eight wins and three losses with an earned run average just over three. If there is any justice in this world, Kennedy will receive an overwhelming number of votes to qualify for his first All Star Game.

 
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