Most people like to pick their American and National League All-Star snubs immediately following the announcement of the rosters.
I, on the other hand, prefer to wait until the day of the game to pick mine.
Take for instance, Carlos Pena of the Rays. Many people picked him as someone who should have made the team, but didn't.
But...he did! As a replacement for Dustin Pedroia. So while some players didn't make the team originally, there are always methods of being included.
So, here are my All-Star snubs who actually did NOT make the team. Now, I understand that the rosters have a maximum size, and that all MLB teams must be represented in the game.
But for the purpose of this article, I am taking these conditions and throwing them out the window.
It's hard to think of a hitter who was robbed more of his first All-Star game than Kinsler.
Here is a second baseman, who hits lead-off, and has belted 20 home runs, and has swiped 18 bases.
Granted, he's cooled off since his astronomical start to the season, but this kid is the real deal, and should have been the replacement for Pedroia for the American League.
He may not have the flashiest numbers in the league, but considering he missed time earlier this year with back spasms, he's had a pretty decent season.
You can't really go wrong with 17 homers and 57 RBI before the break.
But it's difficult when you play in the same league as guys named Albert, Adrian, Prince, and Ryan...
Here is a guy who has become the ace of a team that has been without a legitimate ace for several seasons.
He sports a nifty 3.46 ERA and has looked absolutely brilliant at times this year. He deserved to be in St. Louis. Tim Wakefield?
What an underrated season this guy is having.
He currently ranks eighth in the National League with a 2.96 ERA. He has 106 strikeouts in just over 112 innings pitched.
Sure, he's had some bumpy starts this year, but overall he's been more effective than ineffective.
In a Seattle Mariners lineup with no legitimate power threat, Branyan has really taken a big step in being the powerhouse he was destined to be back when he first came up in 1998.
With 22 bombs at the break, he's well on his way to setting a new career high in longballs.
And, he's been a major factor in the Mariners' success so far in 2009.
How did Weaver not get selected to the All-Star Game? He ranks among the top 10 in the American League in almost every pitching category.
He's tied for third in wins (10), eighth in ERA (3.22), seventh in strikeouts (104), and he's tied for second in complete games.
To me, that's an All-Star caliber year.
Both of these guys are complete powerhouses. Sure, their batting averages aren't the shiniest of the group, but in an All-Star game, that category really doesn't matter (since a player will only typically get one or two at-bats).
Reynolds is four homers shy of tying his career high. They both have 62 RBI so far and are on pace for monster years.
How does a guy NOT make the All-Star team when he's currently second in the National League in strikeouts (136) and seventh in ERA (2.95)?
And when you take into account what he's done for the Braves this season, with no Smoltz, Glavine, Maddux, or Hudson, he (along with Derek Lowe) has really solidified their rotation, helping them maintain their spot in the NL East race.
Adam Wainwright (STL: 10-5, 115 SO, 3.04 ERA)
Adam Lind (TOR: .306 BA, 19 HR, 59 RBI)
Pablo Sandoval (SF: .333 BA, 15 HR, 55 RBI)