Yordan Alvarez and the 5 biggest MLB All-Star starting snubs

HOUSTON, TEXAS – JUNE 22: Yordan Alvarez #44 of the Houston Astros takes a look off the bench after hitting a home run in the third inning against the New York Mets at Minute Maid Park on June 22, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

The starters for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game were revealed on July 8. Here are five players who have been the biggest snubs.

The 2022 MLB All-Star Game is just weeks away, as Dodger Stadium hosts the annual event on July 19. As the “Midsummer Classic” approached, fans voted throughout the season to see who would make the American League and National League. All-Star Teams.

MLB announced the starting rosters for both teams on July 8. Like every year, there are debates over whether the right players were voted into the game, leading to discussions over who was snubbed from their respective teams.

Here are five players who stand out.

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Yordan Alvarez, Astros DH

The first name that comes to mind for who should have made the All-Stars starting lineup was Houston Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez.

The fourth-year player has been in tears since the start of the season and has defended himself from being an AL MVP contender. In 73 games this season, Alvarez recorded a .312 batting average, 1.075 OPS, 26 home runs and 59 RBIs.

Despite those numbers, the always-popular Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels made the starting lineup. Ohtani cut .258/.344/.490 while recording 18 home runs and 53 RBIs.

Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts is another puzzling name that didn’t make it to the starting shortstop role.

Of course, the pre-season story was Bogaerts’ contract negotiations with the Red Sox, which ended without either side reaching a deal. With the talks behind him and given the option to opt out of his current contract at the end of the year, Bogaerts is having a good season.

In 80 games, Bogaerts has a .308 batting average, .834 OPS and 91 hits to his name.

It’s not a blow to Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox, who was named the starter. But Bogaerts should have been considered for the role.

Neal T. Doss