With every All-Star Game, it seems like we pay more attention to those who won't be in the starting lineups than those who will be. It's somewhat ironic, really—after all, the fans are the ones who vote for the starters. Why should they be unhappy with the results when they have direct say in determining them?
Still, the stars-versus-snubs debate is part of what makes the Mid-Summer Classic one of the shining moments of the baseball season. But why wait until the actual results are revealed?
The voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, so the latest tally of votes should provide a fairly good indication as to who will be suiting up in Phoenix on July 12. Or, it should tell us who will be left out of the first inning roll call, despite having worthy credentials.
Here are seven players who will likely be riding the bench at the beginning of the All-Star Game (or possibly stuck sitting at home) even though they deserve to start.
American League vote totals are as of June 28, 2011. National League vote totals are as of June 27, 2011. All vote totals are courtesy of MLB.com