Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

The 5 Biggest Snubs of the MLB All-Star Game

The 5 Biggest Snubs of the MLB All-Star Game

In order to make the game exciting for the viewers, a fan vote helps determine the All-Star rosters for both leagues.

Outfielder Jo Adell has been selected to represent Team USA in the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

Altuve will start at second base for the American League squad for the 4th consecutive season while making his 6th All-Star appearance overall. This process also helps drown out skeptics who say All-Star selections are "popularity contests" rather than merit based. As the current collective bargaining agreement between Major League Baseball and MLBPA states, the victor of the game will not earn home field advantage in the World Series as it did in the past.

The Red Sox have a second starter in designated hitter J.D. Martinez. The National League, originally founded in 1876, consists of the following teams: Arizona Diamondbacks; Atlanta Braves; Chicago Cubs; Cincinnati Reds; Colorado Rockies; Los Angeles Dodgers; Miami Marlins; Milwaukee Brewers; New York Mets; Philadelphia Phillies; Pittsburgh Pirates; San Diego Padres; San Francisco Giants; St. Louis Cardinals; and Washington Nationals. He improved his numbers during 2012, recording a 14-4 record in 26 games pitching 134 innings.

As Rosenthal notes, Snell had a 0.63 ERA over four starts between the time players had to turn in their ballots and the day the All-Star rosters were unveiled. The 19-year-old has had an impressive start this season with the Legends, Single-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, and now leads all levels of Minor League Baseball with 26 home runs and is the Royal's 3-best prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. The Home Run Derby will take place on Monday, July 16. This will be Matias' first Futures Game and is the lone representative of the Kansas City Royals. He previously played in the 2016 All-Star Game as a member of the Nationals.

Under the current system, the players received their paper ballots on June 15 and returned them shortly thereafter, about three weeks before the teams were named.

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