The roster announcement for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game serves two purposes. It gives us our first chance to look at what we can expect in the Midsummer Classic—and it leaves plenty of room for debate and uproar.
No All-Star roster is going to be perfect for everyone, because we all have different tastes. We want to see the best players on our favorite team get rewarded for a strong first half, though I maintain that is a horrible way to pick an All-Star.
The game is supposed to be about marketing baseball to an audience that might not otherwise watch the sport at this time of year, so you want to put your best and biggest stars on the same field. Who cares if a reliever for the Miami Marlins having a good season goes to New York this year?
With so much room for interpretation as to what actually constitutes an All-Star, here are the biggest shocks, snubs and surprises from this year's roster, which was announced on Saturday night.