MLB All-Star List Highlighted by Mariners’ Ty France and Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman

One of the annual by-products of the release of Major League Baseball All-Star Game Rosters is the list of All-Star snub lists. And may 2022 not disappoint, so let’s look at these players, who despite making a compelling case for going to Dodger Stadium, find themselves – at least at this point – on the outside watching.

Wound replacements could remove part of the sting if, for example, a Bryce Harper, who is still listed as an NL starter at DH despite being injured, cannot go. We know that William Contreras will take his place as a starter, but there is still a vacant spot on the roster.

Still, these are the players with the biggest gripes on Sunday night.

American League

Ty France, sailors

A wrist injury has hampered France a bit lately, but he’s back and down .306/.379/.460 with 15 doubles, 10 home runs and 45 RBIs in 74 games this season.

Anthony Rizzo, Yankees

The low batting average will turn many off, but Rizzo is among the league leaders with 22 homers and 54 RBI while being one of the main offensive forces on baseball’s best team.

Corey Seager, Rangers

The .245 average and .317 on-base percentage explain why he’s not on the team, but Seager has 19 homers.

History of Trevor, Red Sox

He’s far worse than Seager on average and in OBP, but Story has brought home 55 points, scored 46 times, shot 15 times and stolen 10 bases.

JD Martinez, Red Sox

He no longer has the power he once had, but Martinez has reinvented himself as an average batting player and is incredibly productive at the plate, hitting .312/.380/.486.

Kevin Gausman, Blue Jays

In 16 starts, Gausman has a 2.86 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 88 innings.

Robbie Ray, Sailors

Ray came back in ace form, but was probably too late to be seriously considered. The workhorse leads the AL in innings and hitters faced. In his last six starts, he has a .91 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings.

Logan Gilbert, Sailors

Hey, we can still use the check in right? Gilbert is 10-3! He also has a 2.80 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 100 strikeouts in 106 innings.

Dylan Cease, White Sox

The walks had to do it. Cease leads the majors with 43 free passes allowed. He also struck out 133 in 92 innings and has a 2.45 ERA (161 ERA+).

Michael King, Yankees

He’s just been so valuable to the Yankees in a multi-inning role, especially since they lost. green chad for the year. In 20 outings, King worked 46 1/3 innings, throwing a 2.33 ERA and .99 WHIP with 62 strikeouts.

National League

Josh Bell, Nationals

Nats having only one player on the team makes sense. That player being Juan Soto makes sense. Bell, however, is hitting .304/.386/.491 with 19 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs, 47 RBIs and 44 runs. He had a good case.

Freddie Freeman, Dodgers

Part of the problem with Bell and Freeman was an overcrowded position, exacerbated by the fact that the Rockies needed a rep and CJ Cron was their top pick. Freddie Freeman has another Freddie Freeman season though, slashing .304/.381/.494 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs. He was so important amid the Dodgers’ order as they struggled with injuries and disappointing performances.

Austin Riley, Braves

He’s hitting .282, which is really high these days, with 23 home runs and 56 RBIs. Difficult crowd, isn’t it?

Francisco Lindor, Mets

The .239/.316/.421 slash isn’t too impressive, but Lindor was a stat monster with 15 homers, 60 RBIs, 50 runs and nine steals.

Brandon Drury, Reds

I thought the Reds rep would be Drury, but it was starting pitcher Luis Castillo instead. Drury is a 29-year-old journeyman who hits .277/.333/.540 with 18 doubles, two triples, 18 homers, 50 RBIs and 53 runs. It would have been a great story.

Bryan Reynolds, Pirates

We’ll be hearing his name a lot in the coming weeks as a trade candidate. If the Pirates end up dealing it, a team will get a totally underrated star. A slow start was the culprit here, but he became one of the best players in the league in June and July.

Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler, Phillies

Nola has been one of the best workaholics in the league, tallying 111 1/3 innings so far. He struck out 120 against 14 unintended walks with an ERA of 3.15 and a WHIP of 0.93. Wheeler is 8-4 with a 2.46 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 104 strikeouts in 95 innings. It’s pocket aces for the Phillies, but both have been shut out here.

Carlos Rodon, Giants

In 17 starts, he has a 2.70 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 124 strikeouts against 32 walks in 100 innings. His 2.13 FIP leads the NL.


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