Other than the Yankees, I’m not a huge baseball guy. I bleed pinstripes and have been a diehard Yankee fan since I was three or four years old, but I usually don’t care about the rest of the league.
However, I do play Fantasy Baseball. In fact, I’ve won my league three of the last four years. In the 22nd round of this year’s draft, I took a starting pitcher from the Tampa Bay Rays named Blake Snell, and he’s been nothing but a bonafide star.
Let’s take a look at Blake Snell’s stats this year… He’s 12-4 with a 2.09 ERA. He has 132 Ks through 19 starts, which comes out to 6.9 (nice) strikeouts per start. His 2.09 ERA is THE BEST IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE. That’s right, Blake Snell leads his league in ERA and didn’t make the all-star team.
I don’t usually blog about baseball, but I’m sorry… I had to defend my guy Blake Snell. I wasn’t the only who wanted to defend him. Snell’s teammate Chris Archer had a lot to say about Snell’s all-star snub.
— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher22) July 8, 2018
TRUE. Why are you using that outdated system?? At the time of the vote he had 9 wins and 2.3 era https://t.co/4mwXRV7fhb
— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher22) July 9, 2018
American League ERA leader Blake Snell wasn't named an All-Star, and Rays teammate @ChrisArcher22 is calling for everyone involved in the selection process to do a better job pic.twitter.com/3U2QfmQOlB
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 9, 2018
What’s even more screwed up about this? The fans pick the starting lineups, but the pitchers and reserves are chosen by players and the commissioner’s office. You would think that these players and the commissioner’s office wouldn’t make such a bad mistake like this. It’s absolutely ridiculous that the AL’s ERA leader was snubbed.
Let’s get to the rule that allows this to happen though… Every single team needs to have a representative in the MLB All-Star Game. This has to be the dumbest rule in any all-star game ever. Little League is the only place where this rule should be a thing. I mean… you’re essentially giving out participation trophies. Salvador Perez is representing the Royals with his .213 average and .255 OBP… Enough said.
Take the best players, and put them in the game regardless of what team they’re on. Then, you don’t need to put J.A Happ (4.44 ERA) in the All-Star Game instead of Blake Snell! What a disaster… That’s all I have to say.
Next year, I don’t only want that every team rule changed, but I want Justin Verlander’s idea of an updated voting system for the players electronically. If everything’s on computers, players can make updated selections while looking at updated statistics as well.
I also want fans to play a minimal role in voting. Make it a small percentage of how the starting lineups are picked. I understand that this played no role in Snell being snubbed, but I don’t need to see Bryce Harper starting in the All-Star Game when he’s batting .210. It’s a terrible system.
Let’s hope that a pitcher withdraws from the game so that Blake Snell can get in. He deserves it.