2014 MLB All-Star Snubs: Most Noticeable Absences from NL and AL Rosters

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJuly 7, 2014

Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo in action during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, June 14, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 7-4. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
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Every year, there are numerous notable MLB players who didn't see their names included in the All-Star Game festivities. 2014 is no different.

While the fans tend to get it right for the most part, not every deserving player can get in, and there are bound to be apparent snubs. This year, there seem to be both young, up-and-coming players as well as experienced, household names who failed to see their names called.

Here's a look at the top-two snubs from both leagues.


National League Snubs

Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs

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Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has gone from a highly touted prospect to a staple of the Cubs lineup, but he still missed out on his first-ever All-Star appearance.

The 24-year-old has made a name for himself as one of the National League's top power hitters. His 17 home runs are tied for third-best in the NL, and he also ranks in the top 10 in walks, times on base and at-bats per home run. 

To be fair, you can't argue with having Rizzo behind starting NL first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and reserve first baseman Freddie Freeman. Both are two of the top power hitters in the league. But there's no doubt that Rizzo deserves a ticket to Minnesota for this year's festivities.

Although Rizzo was snubbed, he's not out yet—Rizzo tweeted that he can still be included with the NL Final Vote:

If the fans don't get Rizzo into the All-Star Game with the final spot, he'll have an extra chip on his shoulder until the voting next year.


Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington Nationals

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Anthony Rendon of the Nationals joins Rizzo as youngsters who deserved their first appearance in the All-Star Game but will have to hold out for the NL Final Vote.

Rendon's resume is hard to deny: He ranks fifth in the league in runs scored, fourth in triples, ninth in extra base hits and just outside of the top 10 with 21 doubles. His versatility in starting at second base, then switching to third when Ryan Zimmerman got injured, then back to second has been crucial for Washington.

In fact, playing two positions may have actually hurt Rendon's chances of getting in at either second or third base with the fan vote. 

Alas, Scott Allen of The Washington Post brought the good news that Rendon will rock a mullet in the All-Star Game should he win the vote:

If his immense stats aren't enough to get him in, that mullet should be.


American League Snubs

Ian Kinsler, 2B, Detroit Tigers

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Three All-Star selections in Ian Kinsler's career simply doesn't do his first eight years in the league justice, but his snubbing in 2014 was undoubtedly the worst yet.

His WAR is fourth-best in the AL among all position players and tops for his position. Second in runs scored, fifth in hits, second in doubles and seventh in extra-base hits in the AL certainly sounds like an All-Star.

Many players don't respond well when traded unexpectedly from a contending team, and Kinsler's departure from Texas was tough. But he settled in quickly in Detroit, and has turned into one of the top sluggers on a club that is gunning for another deep postseason run.

Whether Kinsler is recognized with an All-Star selection or not, the Tigers have one of the best hitting second basemen in their lineup as they chase a World Series this October.


Chris Sale, P, Chicago White Sox

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When it comes to All-Star snubs, you won't hear about any more than Chris Sale.

The 25-year-old has dazzled in his fourth season, posting an 8-1 record with a 2.16 ERA and nearing the top of the charts in almost every statistical category in the AL. If it weren't for a wealth of premier pitchers nestled in the AL this year, Sale would have been an easy pick.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura was quick to question Red Sox manager John Farrell, who is managing the AL All-Stars, for not selecting Sale, per David Laurila:

Sale will still have his shot to get into the All-Star Game with the AL Final Vote, and with the uproar over his snubbing, he has a good chance to win the vote. But if he doesn't, his absence from the game will be quite noticeable. 


Note: All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference unless otherwise noted.