Biggest All Star Snubs

Updated: Jul 19



This could easily have been done about 10 days ago but many snubs on the list would have ended up making the team eventually (Austin Riley, Carlos Rodon, Ty France etc.). I will go through a list of snubs by team and position. Some positions may have multiple snubs and some may have none.

I define a snub as someone who was either clearly better than someone who made the All-Star team (not including legacy selections), or someone who has clearly All-Star worthy numbers.

American League

Catcher

Jonah Heim

Beat All-Star catcher Jose Trevino in every significant offensive category including home runs (12-7), RBI (33-27), runs (34-23), average (.262-.251), on base percentage (.313-.299), and slugging (.467-.415), and leads in overall WAR (2.3-2.1).

Sean Murphy

Extremely close in rate stats (.241/.308/.409 (.717 OPS, 108 OPS+) for Murphy and (.251/.299/.415 (.714 OPS, 103 OPS+)) for Trevino. However Murphy has played in 83 games vs 63 for Trevino and has a MASSIVE 303-171 edge in at-bats.

Christian Vazquez has an advantage over Trevino in average (..273 vs .251), on-base (.318 vs .299), OPS (.732 vs .714) and RBI (36 vs 27), while having similar numbers in home runs (6 vs 7), and slugging (.414 vs .415) while Vazquez has play 11 more games and has 85 more at-bats than Trevino.

First Base

Jose Abreu

First Base in the AL was a very tough position this season but Abreu leads all AL First Basemen in OPS (.857), hits with 105, walks with 44, and doubles with 24. He has similar rate stats to Ty France. Abreu has a .304/.387/.470 slash line for a .857 OPS for Abreu while France has a .308/.376/.470 for a .846 OPS by Abreu has played 11 more games.

Anthony Rizzo

First Base is a position that has always been a power centric position and Rizzo lead AL First Basemen in homers with 22, RBI with 57, and a slugging percentage of .498.

Second Base

Gleyber Torres

Torres has similar numbers to Santiago Espinal in average .268 vs 271 and on base .325 vs.320 but Torres has a massive edge in slugging .484 vs .391 leading to an .809 to.711 edge in OPS. He also leads in homers 14 to6 and has a 3.0 to 1.8 edge in WAR.

Jorge Polanco

Has large leads over Espinal in OBP .352 vs .320, slugging .434 vs .391, OPS .786 vs .711, home runs 14 vs 6 and RBI 48 vs 37.

Third Base

NONE

This was one of the easiest top twos in All-Star history and there were no other obvious candidates for a third spot.

Shortstop

NONE

Correa would have been on the list if he had played more than 70 games.

Outfield

NONE

If Taylor Ward and Luis Robert had more volume they would be on the list

Designated Hitter

NONE

I originally had Giancarlo Stanton but he made the team as an outfielder so there were no DH snubs for the AL

Starting Pitcher

Dylan Cease

This is BY FAR the biggest snub of the 2022 All-Star Game. There were NINE AL Starting Pitchers selected. Cease is sixth in wins with 9, third in ERA at 2.15, FIRST in strikeouts with 150, fourth in batting average against .197, and fourth in WAR at 3.1.

Logan Gilbert

Is in the top nine in numerous statistics including second in wins with 10, eighth in ERA at 2.76, fifth in innings with 111.0, eighth in strikeouts with 104, and seventh in WAR with 2.5.

Relief Pitcher

J.P. Feyereisen has an ERA of 0.00 in 24.1 innings and no other AL pitcher has even thrown seven innings with an ERA of 0.00. Scott Barlow

Has 16 saves on a terrible Royals team, a 2.06 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP, while leading all closers with 7 or more saves in innings with 43.2.

National League

Catcher

Will Smith

Leads all qualified NL catchers in almost every offensive category homers with 14, RBI with 47, average at .272, slugging at .478, and OPS at .842. Game is also in his home park which arguably makes this a bigger snub.

First Base

Josh Bell

NL First Base was STACKED this year and there was no room for Josh Bell despite his obviously All-Star worthy numbers. He had a .311/.390/.504 slash line for an .894 OPS, while playing the third most games in the NL with 93.

Second Base

Ketel Marte

Marte has a huge edge over Jake Cronenworth in the slash line stats. Marte has a .271/.363/.449 slash line for a .812 OPS vs a .241/.335/.394 slash line (.729 OPS) for Cronenworth.

Gavin Lux

Also has a major edge in slash line stats over Cronenworth with a .292/.369/.415 line and a .784 OPS and the game is at his home park.

Third Base

Brandon Drury

The three Third Basemen (Machado, Arenado, Riley) were clearly the three most deserving but there was a definite case that Brandon Drury should have been a fourth, especially as he can play second and the outfield. He has 18 homers, 52 RBI and a .528 slugging percentage.

Shortstop

NONE

Turner and Swanson were clearly the two most deserving and no other shortstops had a great case as Jose Iglesias had nothing beyond his .301 average.

Outfield

NONE

Bryan Reynolds and Brandon Nimmo were close to being snubs but both had a good not great offensive stat lines but neither would have caused outrage if they were selected.

Designated Hitter

NONE

Nelson Cruz is the only other qualified NL DH and he is nowhere near All-Star worthy.

Starting Pitcher

Aaron Nola

Is hurt by pitching in Philly which may have contributed to his snub but he is second in innings with 126.0, second in strikeouts with 137, fourth in WHIP at 0.91, and third in WAR at 3.9.

Relief Pitcher

Daniel Bard

Is fourth in the NL in saves with 20 despite playing for a bad Rockies team and has an ERA of 2.02 and a WHIP of 1.01.

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