Selecting a "Snubbed" MLB All-Star Lineup for Each League

Joe Giglio@@JoeGiglioSportsContributor IJuly 16, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 12:   Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks to take his positon after grounding out to end the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on July 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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As we get set for the introductions and starting lineups during tonight's Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the sport will provide fans a glimpse into the best 2013 has had to offer, showcasing the brightest stars of today and tomorrow.

Of course, the sport is overflowing with talented players, many of whom aren't present for the festivities at Citi Field this week.

In the aftermath of the popular vote, manager and player selections and Final Vote, some star-level talent was left to enjoy a three-day vacation far away from Citi Field and baseball.

With a little digging, we came up with a "snubbed" MLB All-Star lineup for each league. You won't watch any of these players on Tuesday night, but this imaginary game could be quite fun if it occurred.

American League

Catcher: Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians (141 OPS+): The switch hitting Indians backstop is among the most patient and powerful hitters in the sport.

First Base: James Loney, Tampa Bay Rays (133 OPS+): Chalk up another reclamation project success for the Rays.

Second Base: Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels (130 OPS+): The potential is finally being realized in Los Angeles.

Third Base: Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics (151 OPS+): This year's biggest snub is having a breakout year in the midst of a sterling era of AL third baseman along with Cabrera, Machado, Beltre and Longoria.

Shortstop: Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics (121 OPS+): At this point, his ability to hit in the middle of Oakland's order shouldn't come as a surprise.

Outfield: Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox (113 OPS+): With 36 stolen bases and excellent defense, the 30-year-old is a healthy second half away from a gigantic pay day.

Outfield: Brett Gardner, New York Yankees (108 OPS+): Outside of Robinson Cano, he's New York's best offensive player.

Outfield: Daniel Nava, Boston Red Sox (117 OPS+): Every team would love his production in their order.

Starting pitcher: Derek Holland, Texas Rangers (141 ERA+): He deserved an actual All-Star nod over Chris Tillman.

National League

Catcher: Russell Martin, Pittsburgh Pirates (110 OPS+): His work with the bat and behind the plate has been vital to Pittsburgh's rousing first half success.

First Base: Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers (131 OPS+): Despite shoulder concerns dating back to surgery in Boston, he's hit more than enough to justify his contract.

Second Base: Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants (122 OPS+): The 37-year-old gets better with age.

Third Base: Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals (120 OPS+): Shoulder issues have robbed him from overtaking David Wright as the true NL All-Star.

Shortstop: Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals (121 OPS+): If not for Freeman and Puig, Desmond would have been the best choice for NL Final Vote representative.

Outfield: Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers (190 OPS+): Since his arrival in early June, he's been baseball's best player.

Outfield: Shin-Soo Choo, Cincinnati Reds (142 OPS+): An on-base machine that can lead-off for this group of snubs.

Outfield: Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds (121 OPS+): Leads the league in doubles while on pace for 35-plus home runs. The scary part? He's only 26.

Starting pitcher: Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals (127 ERA+): Has faded some since a dazzling start, but still an electric pick to start against the AL snubs.

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