On Sunday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced its starting lineups, pitchers and reserves for the 83rd All-Star Game, to be held on July 10 at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium.
Although each team is chock full of talent, there were nonetheless players who didn’t make the cut despite stellar first-half statistics. Such is unavoidable in a league with so many stars. But without further ado, let’s take a look at the top Midsummer Classic omissions.
Catcher — A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox: One of baseball’s most polarizing players, Pierzynski is having a sensational season for a first-place team. With 14 homers and 45 RBIs, he has logged more innings behind the plate (556 2/3) than all but four backstops. The White Sox’s tough catcher should have made the team over Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, who has caught far fewer innings (290) with much less production (four homers, 36 RBIs).
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