The 2014 MLB All-Star Game roster has been decided and as guaranteed as the stars on the roster are, there are snubs that follow every selection.
There are a handful of superstar players on both the American League and National League rosters, but also of note are the top-notch players who didn't get selected. With the MLB All-Star Game deciding home-field advantage in the World Series every year, the stakes are high as usual.
Let's break down the complete list of All-Stars for both sides and highlight the inevitable snubs.
2014 MLB All-Star Game Roster
|2014 MLB All Star Game Selections|
|American League||National League|
|Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals*||Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals*|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers*||Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks*|
|Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners*||Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies*|
|Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees*||Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies*|
|Josh Donaldson, 3B, Oakland Athletics*||Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers*|
|Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels*||Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates*|
|Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto Blue Jays*||Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers*|
|Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles*||Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers*|
|Nelson Cruz, DH, Baltimore Orioles*||Giancarlo Stanton, DH, Miami Marlins*|
|AL Reserves||NL Reserves|
|Derek Norris, C, Oakland Athletics||Jonathan Lucroy, C, Brewers|
|Kurt Suzuki, C, Minnesota Twins||Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds|
|Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox||Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves|
|Victor Martinez, 1B, Detroit Tigers||Dee Gordon, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays||Daniel Murphy, 2B, New York Mets|
|Brandon Moss, 1B/OF, Oakland Athletics||Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs|
|Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros||Todd Frazier, 3B, Cincinnati Reds|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox||Matt Carpenter, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas Rangers||Josh Harrison, IF/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland Athletics||Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies|
|Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals||Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco Giants|
|Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians|
|AL Pitchers||NL Pitchers|
|Yu Darvish, RHP, Texas Rangers||Johnny Cueto, RHP, Cincinnati Reds|
|Max Scherzer, RHP, Detroit Tigers||Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Felix Hernandez, RHP, Seattle Mariners||Zack Greinke, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Masahiro Tanaka, RHP, New York Yankees||Madison Bumgarner, LHP, San Francisco Giants|
|Jon Lester, LHP, Boston Red Sox||Adam Wainwright, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals|
|David Price, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays||Tyson Ross, RHP, San Diego Padres|
|Scott Kazmir, LHP, Oakland Athletics||Jordan Zimmermann, RHP, Washington Nationals|
|Mark Buehrle, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays||Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves|
|Sean Doolittle, LHP, Oakland Athletics||Craig Kimbrel, RHP Atlanta Braves|
|Greg Holland, RHP, Kansas City Royals||Aroldis Chapman, LHP, Cincinnati Reds|
|Glen Perkins, LHP, Minnesota Twins||Francisco Rodriguez, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers|
|Dellin Betances, RHP, New York Yankees||Tony Watson, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Pat Neshek, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals|
|Source: MLB via Twitter; *denotes starters|
Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers
You can't really argue with the players that beat him out at second base, but there's no way that Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler should be sitting at home for the All-Star festivities.
After consistently being one of the AL's best infielders over recent seasons, Kinsler hasn't missed a beat in his move to Detroit. He is currently hitting .305/.341/.484 on the year, all of which rank in the top six of his position.
It's been two years now since Kinsler has made an All-Star Game after being snubbed in 2013, but the three-time All-Star shouldn't be away from the Midsummer Classic for long with the numbers he's putting up.
Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs 24-year-old first baseman Anthony Rizzo has already justified every bit of his youthful hype and emerged as the Cubs' star slugger of the future, but he somehow was overlooked in the All-Star process.
Batting .276 on the season, his power numbers have wooed spectators above all else. He's already jacked 17 home runs, good for third best in the National League at this point in the season—that alone is worth consideration.
He may not be a snub for long, as Rizzo has a chance to make it on the final vote:
If the voters don't get Rizzo in at the last second, it will be a big mistake, and he'll have a chip on his shoulder until the fans get him in.
Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
In just his second year in the MLB, Anthony Rendon has formed quite the case for consideration in the 2014 All-Star Game—but joined the list of snubs anyway.
Rendon is not just an excellent third baseman, but also one of the league's top hitters. He ranks in the top two among NL third basemen in WAR, slugging percentage, steals, RBI and runs.
If that's not an All-Star, I don't know what is.
But wait, Rendon is in the same boat as Rizzo with his hopes of heading to Minnesota still alive. As MASN's Dan Kolko noted, the 24-year-old could be voted in with the final vote:
He might not have the name recognition that some other players do, but Rendon's resume speaks for itself. In 2014, he's been one of the best at his position and should be rewarded with a trip to the Midsummer Classic.
Note: All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted.
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