On what was supposed to be a celebratory day for Toronto Blue Jays fans across the country (today is Canada's 145th birthday), Jays fans are likely to be left with a sour taste in their mouth.
Why is that, you ask?
Well, today Major League Baseball announced the American League All-Star roster and stand-out Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion's name was nowhere to be found.
Luckily for Blue Jays fans, the fan ballot portion of the All-Star selection was able to lift star slugger and two-time home run champion Jose Bautista to yet another All-Star game appearance.
For Encarnacion, however, lady luck (or in this case, the MLBPA and American League manager Ron Washington) wasn't so kind.
Despite owning a .289 batting average and having clobbered 22 home runs while driving in 55, Encarnacion was somehow overlooked (border divide, anyone?).
Perhaps there were just a few other players having better seasons than Edwin you may say.
Well, if that were true, then we've got a case of multiple All-Star snubs on our hands!
You see the players comparable to Edwin who were selected to participate in the midsummer classic were Adam Dunn (voted in by his fellow players) and Billy Butler (chosen by manager Ron Washington).
While this author has nothing against those two players, there is no doubt that Encarnacion has had a much better season than both of them.
Does Edwin Encarnacion deserve to be an American League All-Star in 2012?
Dunn has had an incredible rebound season on the south side of Chicago, but his stat line of .212/.361/.511 (OPS of .872) does not come close to that of Edwin's .289/.365/.570 (OPS of .935).
See, Encarnacion has hit for a higher average, gotten on base a tad more and been more successful at driving the ball.
In fact, what has the White Sox slugger done better than Encarnacion this season? Well, he's hit two more home runs and a collected a paltry three more runs batted in.
Hardly enough to earn the nod over Edwin.
How about Billy Butler?
He's been great in Kansas City!
This is true. In fact he's much closer to earning that spot than Adam Dunn is.
Butler's stat line of .300/.369/.518 (OPS of .887) is very impressive indeed.
Coupled with his 16 long balls and 48 RBI, his stat line serves as a great resume for an All-Star game selection.
The question fans need to ask themselves is: Does Butler's 11 point advantage in the batting average department really compensate for the 48 points by which he trails Encarnacion in OPS, or the six home run and seven RBI gap between he and Edwin?
While voters, players and managers never have an easy time choosing All-Stars for their respective leagues, this oversight is nothing short of jaw-dropping.
Edwin Encarnacion isn't just a deserving All-Star, he's one of the best players in all of the American League this season.
Snubbing him from the All-Star game in 2012 is nothing short of an embarrassment for Major League Baseball.