The MLB All-Star Game rosters were recently revealed, and like every year, there are unhappy fans who feel like their favorite players were snubbed for someone less deserving. Here are several major names whose absence is understandably aggravating baseball aficionados.
Josh Bell – Washington Nationals
It’s an undeniable fact that Josh Bell has been superior to Juan Soto this season in several offensive statistics. Bell has been having such a great season that almost everybody expected him to represent the Nationals at the All-Star Game. But, to their surprise, the Washington-based team decided to send Soto. It’s hard to fault their decision because it’s also an undeniable fact that Juan is one of baseball’s truly generational talents. Still, Josh was worthy of the honor.
Michael King and Anthony Rizzo – New York Yankees
The Yankees have been dominating the MLB this season and the fact that they have six all-star players only serves as a testament to this claim. To further prove their case, the New York-based franchise could have had a total of eight players on the all-star rosters if Michael King and Anthony Rizzo hadn’t been snubbed. Both deserved a spot at the Midsummer Classic.
Devin Williams – Milwaukee Brewers
Many baseball enthusiasts were surprised to learn that Devin Williams won’t be joining his teammate, Josh Hader, in the National League bullpen. Devin’s performance is identical to Josh’s presentation in just about every statistic, except saves and walk rate. This should have been enough to earn him a place on the field in Dodger Stadium. Hopefully, he will manage to maintain his form next season and get properly compensated for his efforts.
Dylan Cease – Chicago White Sox
Dylan Cease is this season’s MLB leader in strikeouts per nine innings. This makes him the most egregious snub of the 2022 All-Star Game. However, there is a certain logic behind his absence from baseball’s gala game because he also leads the majors in walks.
Shane Bieber – Cleveland Guardians
It’s true that Shane Bieber’s form has dropped compared to previous years, but he’s still a world-class pitcher with a 2.80 FIP and fourth in fWAR with 2.5. His stats rank him third among American League pitchers, which is why it must have been hard for him to see his teammates José Ramírez, Andrés Giménez, and Emmanuel Clase head to Los Angeles without him.
Other Notable MLB Stars Who Were Snubbed
Besides the above-mentioned names, other notable players who will miss the 2022 Midsummer Classic are – Bobby Witt Jr. from Kansas City, Bryan Reynolds from Pittsburgh, Tyler Kinley from Colorado, and Kevin Gausman from Toronto.
On Sunday 25 October, the World Series finally started to pick up. With a lack of drama in the first three games, it seemed as though it was going to be a dull World Series. Until Game 4, which became an instant classic! Here are three of the most important moments from when the Tampa Bay Rays took down the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dropping the Ball
Did Game 4 of this year’s World Series have one of the craziest endings of any MLB game ever? We think so! It seems as though the Dodgers just couldn’t get a hold of the ball, quite literally, in ‘that’ game-ending play. If they do lose this entire series, there’s a good chance that that fumbling mess of a play could come back to haunt them for a very long time. However, while it was one of the most talked-about moments in Game 4, there were plenty of other highlights before that.
Bear Hug Tackle
You know it’s been a big game when this isn’t the most talked about moment of a World Series game. Max Muncy tried advancing to second base after driving home a run, but it seems as though Willy Adames wasn’t keen to let him get past. The Rays’ shortstop seemed to bear hug tackle Muncy to pull him off the base for an out. Is it legal? Should it have been an out? People on social media definitely didn’t seem to think so!
Randy Arozarena Making History
The postseason MVP for the Rays, Randy Arozarena, has always been one to watch. He managed to secure himself another record in Game 4 of the World Series, however with his ninth postseason home run. Not forgetting his critical two-out walk and winning run. It seems as though there’s no stopping Arozarena!
There’s no denying that World Series Game 4 was one to watch!