The 2021 MLB All-Star starting rosters were announced on Thursday night, with some of the biggest names in the game being selected for the Midsummer Classic on July 13 at Denver's Coors Field.
Below, we'll go through the rosters while breaking down some of the snubs and making predictions for the rest of the potential selections.
National League: Freddie Freeman (ATL)
American League: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR)
National League: Adam Frazier (PIT)
American League: Marcus Semien (TOR)
National League: Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD)
American League: Xander Bogaerts (BOS)
National League: Nolan Arenado (STL
American League: Rafael Devers (BOS)
National League: Buster Posey (SF)
American League: Salvador Perez (KC)
Shohei Ohtani (LAA)
American League: Mike Trout (LAA); Aaron Judge (NYY); Teoscar Hernandez (TOR)
National League: Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL); Nick Castellanos (CIN); Jesse Winker (CIN)
Both Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies and San Diego Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth can make pretty strong cases for being snubbed in favor of Frazier. All Albies has done is lead all NL players at the position with 15 homers and lead all second basemen in baseball with 57 RBI.
Cronenworth has been excellent in his own right, hitting .286 with 12 homers and 34 RBI. Frazier, to his credit, leads all MLB second basemen with a .327 batting average and 24 doubles. All three make a strong case.
The outfield spots are always tricky. For example, Washington Nationals outfielder Kyle Schwarber leads all MLB outfielders with 25 dingers. But who among Acuna (22 homers, 48 RBI), Castellanos (.345 batting average, 16 homers, 53 RBI) or Winker (.321 batting average, 19 homers, 48 RBI) isn't worthy?
In the AL, the injured Trout probably wasn't worthy of a starting spot this year (and will be on the injured list past the All-Star weekend anyway, so he'll be replaced). He definitely got in on name recognition alone.
Adolis Garcia of the Texas Rangers (.269, 20 homers, 55 RBI) leads all AL outfielders in RBI and is tied with teammate Joey Gallo for the AL lead in homers at the position. He can make a strong argument for being the biggest snub of all.
Hopefully, the players will do the right thing and vote him in.
NL Reserve Predictions
J.T. Realmuto, C, PHI; Max Muncy, 1B, LAD; Rhys Hoskins, 1B, PHI; Albies; Cronenworth; Justin Turner, 3B, LAD; Brandon Crawford, SS, SFG; Trea Turner, SS, WAS; Trevor Story, SS, COL; Mookie Betts, OF, LAD; Schwarber; Bryan Reynolds, OF, PIT
NL Pitcher Predictions
Jacob deGrom, SP, NYM; Kevin Gausman, SP, SFG; Brandon Woodruff, SP, MIL; Max Scherzer, SP, WAS; Trevor Rogers, SP, MIA; Zack Wheeler, SP, PHI; Freddy Peralta, SP, MIL; Craig Kimbrel, RP, CHC; Josh Hader, RP, MIL; Mark Melancon, RP, SDP
AL Reserve Predictions
Mike Zunino, C, TBR; Matt Olson, 1B, OAK; Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU; Jose Ramirez, 3B, CLE; Carlos Correa, SS, HOU; Mitch Haniger, OF, SEA; Michael Brantley, OF, HOU; Cedric Mullins, OF, BAL; Garcia; Gallo; Nelson Cruz, DH, MIN
AL Pitcher Predictions
Gerrit Cole, SP, NYY; Kyle Gibson, SP, TEX; Carlos Rodon, SP, CWS; Tyler Glasnow, SP, TBR; Casey Mize, SP, DET; Chris Bassitt, SP, OAK; Sean Manaea, SP, OAK; Liam Hendriks, RP, CWS; Matt Barnes, RP, BOS; Lou Trivino, RP, OAK