Stop Complaining Baseball Fans, Not Everyone Gets to be on the All-Star Team
Monday, July 9, 2018
Let's just get this out of the way: Not everyone gets to play in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
There will always be someone writers, fans and players think should be playing--but won't.
THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE!
So please stop complaining about it. It's not a perfect system and because of the requirements placed on the rosters by Major League Baseball (largely based on fan/writer complaints), it is impossible to make everyone happy all the time.
Like it or not---each team has to have a representative. Which I think is fair. Players from certain teams may not be better than the selection from a team without a representative. But that's life kids. It's not, nor will it ever be--a perfect system.
The biggest whining comes this year after Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell got left off. And yeah, Snell is arguably one of the best pitchers in baseball this season.
Snell is 12-4 with a 2.09 ERA and a ton of great peripheral statistics. But he got caught in a numbers game.
The pitchers are chosen by their peers and the American Leaguers made some excellent choices. Luis Severino of the Yankees, Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole of the Astros, Chris Sale of the Red Sox and Cory Kluber of the Indians. All 5 of them have had outstanding early seasons it would be hard to argue against any of them.
It apparently came down to a supplementary choice of Snell vs. Trevor Bauer of Cleveland neither of whom would be a bad choice. But the choices for the 3-teams not yet with chosen players were all pitchers, leaving the AL with few options.
For what it's worth--Snell will likely be a late addition. Verlander starts for Houston on Sunday and will not be on proper rest to pitch on Tuesday during the Mid-Summer Classic. The expectation is this will happen.
There are other questionable choices--players that you could argue should be playing. But there ALWAYS will be. Much like other opinion choices---The NCAA Basketball Tournament, College Football Playoff or any other sports All-Star game, there will always be someone who gets left out.
It is inevitable.
So please, just stop with 'Biggest Snub' headlines and the rosters should be expanded. No, they shouldn't. Just stop. Much like life, business and everything else---it is absolutely impossible to make all the people happy all the time.
It will never happen. So just do your best, know you've done your best and stop questioning it. Be happy with what you've chosen, what you've decided and know the decision is the best informed one you can make given the circumstances.
It will make you happier and everyone else too....
(Did I just wax philosophical? Geez.....I guess I did)