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5 AL Players Who Were Snubbed from the 2021 MLB All-Star Game

| July 12, 2021 9:54 am PDT

The 2021 MLB All-Star Game is coming up and we’ll see some of the best players in the game.

The AL starting lineup consists of their usual eight position players and one designated hitter. On the bench, every position has at least one representative, with first base, shortstop, and designated hitter having two spots.

There are also seven starting pitchers and five relievers. With how many great players there are in the AL, there will always be some snubs. I already looked at the worst 2021 MLB All-Star Game snubs in the NL, but it’s time for the other side.

There is a lot that goes into the voting process, and you can gain some insight on that by taking a look at our MLB All-Star Game guide.

With that, let’s look at five biggest snubs from the AL team in the 2021 MLB All-Star Game.

Yuli Gurriel, 1B, Astros

The Houston Astros are sending four players to the All-Star Game. One notable exception is first baseman Yuli Gurriel.

After a career year in 2019, Gurriel really struggled in 2020. He hit a career-worst .232 with just six home runs and 22 RBIs. Gurriel is back into form with a strong 2021 season.

His season got off to a great start, batting .344 in April with four home runs and 16 RBIs. His batting average and home runs did drop just a little bit in May, but he upped his RBI total to 22.

He had his best game of the season on May 7 against the Toronto Blue Jays. Gurriel went 4-4 with a home run and four RBIs in the Astros 10-4 victory.

Gurriel had another great hitting month, batting .366 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in June. Here’s where he clocks in for the season.

  • .316 BA
  • .383 OBP
  • .868 OPS
  • 92 hits
  • 43 runs
  • 10 HR
  • 54 RBI

He also has 36 walks to just 30 strikeouts. He could finish with a positive walk to strikeout ratio for the first time in his career.

The first base position has three representatives on the AL team. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is one of the favorites to win MVP, so he definitely deserved his spot. Matt Olson is also having a good season, hitting .291, with 20 home runs, and 53 RBIs.

Jared Walsh got the final spot, but are his stats really better?

He has 17 home runs, a .558 slugging percentage, and a .880 on-base plus slugging percentage. His .263 batting average is far below Gurriel’s .314. Gurriel even has a higher WAR.

I’m not sure if team success factors in, but the Astros have the best offense in the majors. Walsh’s team, the Los Angeles Angels, rank a very respectable seventh but they aren’t on the Astros level.

At this point, it would take an injury to one of those guys for Gurriel to make the All-Star Game. I guess he’ll just have to wait until next season.

Chris Bassitt, SP, Athletics

The Oakland Athletics are always among the best teams in the MLB, but it doesn’t seem like they get the respect they deserve.

Matt Olson is the lone representative of the Athletics on the AL team, but he isn’t the only deserving player on the Athletics.

Starting pitcher Chris Bassitt put together the best season of his career in 2020. He had a 2.29 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. Bassitt is looking even better in 2021. His season didn’t get off to the best of starts with a 3.39 ERA in April.

He improved a lot in May with a 2.52 ERA. Bassitt also had 38 strikeouts to just four walks. His best performance of the season came at the end of the month against the Los Angeles Angels.

He pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing just two hits. He also had nine strikeouts and just one walk.

Bassitt kept up his strong play with a 2.70 ERA in June. For the season, he has a 3.04 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 109 strikeouts. His 4.0 strikeout to walk ratio would be a career-high.

Five of the seven starting pitchers on the AL team are right-handers, like Bassitt. Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson both have a better ERA than Bassitt. Gerrit Cole and Shane Bieber are having similar season’s to Bassitt, but their name recognition gives them the edge. The pitcher I’m looking at is Nathan Eovaldi.

The Boston Red Sox pitcher is having a good season, but it’s not better than Bassitt’s. Eovaldi has a 3.41 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 2.6 WAR. Bassitt’s numbers are all better than that. The only stat Eovaldi is better in is strikeout to walk ratio.

Honestly, I think this comes down to Boston being a more well-known team. They have the best record in the AL. Oakland sits fifth in the AL, but I guess that’s not high enough for Bassitt to make the All-Star Game.

We briefly mentioned Bieber making the All-Star Game, but he won’t pitch as he recovers from a shoulder injury. Bassitt should definitely be the top choice to replace him.

Tyler Glasnow, SP, Rays

Tyler Glasnow spent the first three years of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Tampa Bay Rays acquired him in 2018, and he became one of the league’s top pitchers.

Glasnow was well on his way to making his first All-Star Game in 2019, but an arm strain shut him down for months. He had a 1.86 ERA when the injury happened in May.

Glasnow really struggled in 2020 with a 4.08 ERA in 11 starts, but he is back at full strength in 2021. His season got off to a great start, pitching a 1.67 ERA in April. He struck out a career-high 14 batters in a 1-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on April 12. Glasnow went 7 2/3 innings in that game, allowing just two hits.

His ERA spiked a bit in May, going from 1.67 to 2.57. Despite the struggles, he closed the month with an 11-strikeout game against the Kansas City Royals. He allowed no runs and three hits over eight innings.

The strong season continued into June, but a partial UCL tear will likely sideline him for months.

Despite not being able to pitch in the All-Star Game, Glasnow still deserved a spot.

At the time of the injury, he had a 2.66 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 123 strikeouts. He actually still ranks third in the AL in strikeouts, despite not pitching since June 15.

Glasnow definitely could’ve made it over Nathan Eovaldi but we already discussed him.

I want to look at starting pitcher Shane Bieber. Bieber and Glasnow are very similar in that they are high strikeout guys. Bieber ranks second in the AL with 130 strikeouts. However, his 3.28 ERA and 1.25 WHIP are worse than Glasnow’s.

Tampa Bay is also better than Bieber’s Cleveland Indians. I guess being a former Cy Young gives Bieber the edge here.

I guess in hindsight, it doesn’t really matter because neither pitcher will pitch in the All-Star Game. However, I’m sure Glasnow would like to have an All-Star Game selection on his resume.

Yoan Moncada, 3B, Sox

Yoan Moncada was one of the top prospects in baseball when the Chicago White Sox acquired him in 2016. The third baseman has been a solid contributor for the White Sox, but he’s yet to make the All-Star Game.

His best season came in 2019, when he hit .315, 25 home runs, and 79 RBIs.

Following a down 2020 season where he hit just .225, Moncada has gotten back into form in 2021. He hit a solid .273 in April with three home runs and 15 RBIs. He had his best game of the season against the Texas Rangers on April 23. Moncada went 3-4 with a home run, three RBIs, and one walk in Chicago’s 9-7 victory.

His batting average went up to .313 in May. He also had 14 RBIs, but hit just one home run. Moncada struggled in June with a .222 batting average but his 13 walks gave him a .345 on-base percentage. He only hit one home run for the second straight month.

Here’s where Moncada sits for the season.

  • .274 BA
  • .395 OBP
  • .787 OPS
  • 72 hits
  • 34 runs
  • 5 HR
  • 37 RBI

Those numbers may not be All-Star Game worthy, but it’s more about his ability to get on base.

Moncada has 49 walks this season, just 18 off his career-high of 67. If he keeps up his pace, he’ll record 111 walks this season. Those walks help with his .400 on-base percentage, which ranks second in the AL.

Honestly, it’s hard to say Moncada deserves a spot over fellow third baseman Rafael Devers and Jose Ramirez. However, you could make an argument that he deserves a spot over another infielder.

Jared Walsh and Bo Bichette are the only players that come to mind.

Moncada’s low home run total is what really kills his value this season. A lot of people look at that number and immediately assume he’s not All-Star worthy.

However, even with that number, there’s still a chance he finds his way onto the roster as an injury replacement.

Mark Canha, OF, Athletics

Outfielder Mark Canha is another Oakland Athletics player who probably doesn’t get as much respect as he deserves.

Canha is usually a solid producer for Oakland. His best season came in 2019, when he set career highs with a .273 batting average, 26 home runs, and 67 walks.

His numbers were solid in 2020, but he definitely looked better in 2021. He hit .242 in April with three home runs and seven RBIs. His power numbers went up in April with seven home runs but he somehow managed to only have eight RBIs. He also had 17 walks compared to 22 strikeouts.

In June, Canha continued to get better with a .269 batting average. While he only hit one home run, he did have 18 RBIs. His best game came on June 4 against the Colorado Rockies. He went 2-3 with a home run, two RBIs, and two walks.

Overall, Canha has a .255 batting average with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs. I know the batting average isn’t too high, but his 40 walks give him an on-base percentage of .375.

Seven outfielders made the AL All-Star team. Just about all of them are deserving of their spot, but I think there’s one notable exception.

This is going to surprise a lot of people but it’s Mike Trout.

Believe me, I understand Trout is arguably the greatest baseball player of all time. I also know he was well on his way to another All-Star Game appearance. However, a calf injury sidelined him on May 17. He put up amazing numbers this season but he only played in 36 games.

Personally, I think someone who played most of the season should’ve got his spot.

Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is another example of this. He only played in 27 games but he hit .369 and 10 home runs in that span. The only difference is Buxton didn’t make the team.

Trout won’t play in the All-Star Game so Canha may ultimately get his opportunity, but it should’ve never got to this point.

Looking Ahead to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game

There are so many great players in baseball that there will always be a few MLB All-Star Game snubs.

Honestly, I didn’t think there were too many when it came to the AL team. The only solace some of these AL snubs have is there’s a chance they get a shot to play in the All-Star Game as a replacement.

That said, if anyone does get called in to replace another player, these 2021 NL All-Star Game snubs top the list.

All five of these players are deserving, and arguably should have earned a spot in the first place.

Be sure to tune into the All-Star Game on July 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX. And if you plan on betting on the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, hit up the top baseball betting apps for the best odds and wagers.

Nicholas Sterling

Nicholas has been a Sports Writer with GamblingSites.com since May 2021. He has a rich sports background, writing about NASCAR, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, etc. Nick is always ready for a new challenge.

He enjoys rooting on D.C. sports teams, including the Commanders, Wizards, and Capitals.

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