Joey Votto received the most votes among all National League players and has been announced as the N.L. starter at first base. Aroldis Chapman gets the call, being selected to the N.L. relief corps. Jay Bruce also gets the nod, being added to the roster by N.L. manager Tony LaRussa and Major League Baseball.
Meanwhile, there were two notable exclusions from the roster: Reds starter Johnny Cueto and second baseman and fan favorite, Brandon Phillips. Even more of a shame is the fact that Phillips is not even one of this year's Final Vote candidates.
Did Tony LaRussa let his personal feelings get in the way of making the right decision? It's well known that LaRussa's teams have had problems with Brandon Phillips.
Dan Uggla of the Atlanta Braves will man second base for the N.L squad. Uggla maintains a poor .234 BA with 11 HR and 43 RBI. He has inferior defense at second when compared with Phillips—the undisputed top defensive second baseman in MLB. Phillips currently holds a .288 BA, 10 HR and 46 RBI.
Johnny Cueto is having the best season of any Reds starting pitcher in recent times and is fifth in the N.L. with a 2.26 ERA. Does LaRussa still hold his feelings about Cueto and the brawl that ended Jason LaRue's career against him? Well, he chose St. Louis' Lance Lynn over Cueto. Lynn holds a 3.62 ERA, nearly one and a half runs more than Cueto - you make the call.
On a positive note, I think it's great that Bruce was added to the roster. He has been overlooked for much of the season but has maintained a solid first half—ranking in the top five in the league in home runs and RBI.
Did Phillips get the snub? Is LaRussa letting his personal bias get in the way of choosing the true All-Stars and using his power as a tool for revenge? What do you think about Bruce's addition to the squad?
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Also, check out my article about the Cubs' Bryan LaHair, "Cubs' Bryan LaHair Is This Year's Most Undeserving All-Star" href="http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1243666-cubs-bryan-lahair-is-this-years-most-undeserving-all-star">This Year's Most Undeserving All-Star" and his erroneous elected to this season's N.L. squad.
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