MLB All-Star Game 2011: The Top 5 Players Who Got Snubbed

Eli WadeContributor IJuly 4, 2011

MLB All-Star Game 2011: The Top 5 Players Who Got Snubbed

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    Every year the fans of Major League Baseball vote in their favorite players to compete in the All-Star Game to compete for home field advantage in the World Series.

    Every year there are also "snubs" who got ripped off because of the fan voting or the manager choosing between the reserves.

    The All-Star game voting is very biased and is criticized every year due to the fact that it is based on popularity and not production for the most part. There are many deserving players who should be in, but were not chosen.

    With that said, here are the five snubs who deserve to be in Phoenix.

Honorable Mentions

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    Tommy Hanson: SP Atlanta Braves: 9-4, 2.62 ERA, 1.06 WHIP .193 BAA

    Jordan Zimmerman: RP Washington Nationals: 5-7 2.63 ERA, WHIP 1.07 BAA .235

    Victor Martinez: DH Detroit Tigers: .333 AVG, 6 HR, 46 RBI, .381 OBP, .486 SLG

    Aramis Ramirez: 3B Chicago Cubs: .293 AVG, 12 HR, 44 RBI, .339 OBP, .477 SLG

    Mark Teixeria: 1B New York Yankees: .243 AVG, 25 HR, 65 RBI, .351 OBP, .536 SLG

    Ben Zobrist: 2B Tampa Bay Rays: .256 AVG, 9 HR, 40 RBI, .342 OBP, .455 SLG

    Chase Headly: 3B San Diego Padres .307 AVG, 2 HR, 29 RBI, .398 OBP, .407 SLG

    Any other catcher besides Russell Maritn.

Jhonny Peralta: SS, Detriot Tigers

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    This is where the All-Star criticism really takes place.

    How does a guy get into the All-Star game hitting .260, with two home runs and 20 RBI? He gets in because of his name, and that name is Derek Jeter.

    Jhonny Peralta has had an outstanding season offensively and defensively. He is hitting .311, with 14 home runs and 48 runs batted in.

    Peralta should not only be in the All-Star game, but he should be starting. He is hitting 20 points higher then the guy who should be starting, Asdrubal Cabrera. He also has a higher OBP, slugging percentage and OPS then Cabrera.

     

Paul Konerko: 1B, Chicago White Sox

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    Adrian Gonzalez and Miguel Cabrera are two players who definitely deserved a spot on the All-Star team. Micheal Young, not so much.

    Micheal Young made the All-Star team as the reserve DH behind David Ortiz, who is having an outstanding year. 

    Paul Konerko is having one of his best years in his career. He is hitting .317, with 21 home runs and 62 runs batted in. He is also slugging .567 and has a .387 OBP. He is beating Young in all of those categories, and yet Young made the team.

    The only reason Young is in the All-Star Game is because Ron Washington is managing the AL club and wanted another Ranger in the All-Star Game. 

CC Sabathia: SP, New York Yankees

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    I just don't get this one.

    Either way, C.C. would not have played in the All-Star Game. He has a scheduled start on Sunday before the All-Star break begins, and by the rules he couldn't have been able to pitch anyway.

    But he definitely should have made the team anyway. 

    He is tied for the lead in wins with 11 and has a respectable 3.03 ERA. He is also tied for sixth in strikeouts with 103.

    C.C. Sabathia is one of the most dominant left handed pitchers in the MLB today, and with 11 wins, I just don't understand how a guy like David Price who is 8-6 and has a higher ERA makes it over C.C. 

Andrew McCutchen: OF, Pitssburgh Pirates

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    I, along with many people, thought that McCutchen would be a for sure lock in the All-Star Game. I guess we were wrong somehow.

    Jay Bruce and Carlos Beltran, who are not as good as McCutchen, made the team. Bruce is hitting .265 with 18 home runs and 51 RBI. Carlos Beltran is hitting 2.80 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI. 

    McCutchen has been lights out this year. His WAR (wins above replacement) is sixth in the league, and he is flirting with a .300 average.

    He also is slugging .498, and has a .393 OBP, higher then Beltran and Bruce. McCutchen is also a much better fielder then Bruce and Beltran.

Michael Pineda: SP, Seatle Mariners

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    Not a lot of people have heard about Pineda, but he is an outstanding pitcher, His record does not prove it at 7-5, but his ERA is 2.65 which is sixth in the American League.

    The five pitchers above him in ERA made the All-Star Team for the AL. He averages about nine strikeouts a game which is pretty impressive. 

    Pineda should have taking C.J. Wilson's spot, who is only in the game because his manager is managing the AL team.

    Wilson's record is 8-3, but his ERA is 3.14. He also does not have that nasty of stuff averaging two less strike outs a game then Pineda. Wilson also averages more walks, and the only reason he is 8-3  is because Texas has a very good offense.

Conclusion

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    Russell Martin should have not been selected to the All-Star game. He is hitting .222. That's ridiculous how he gets in. The reason he got voted in was because of the flawed voting system.

    MLB has to change to the voting system. The fans have too much power by getting to choose the starters.

    Derek Jeter should not be in the All-Star game, let alone start. It is getting out of hand because good players are getting left out.