Sixty-two players make the MLB All-Star team, and every year a few deserving players always seem to miss the cut. That just speaks to how deep the current talent pool is in Major League Baseball.
Here are a few MLBbros who are easily among the Top 25-30 players in the league and were not selected for this year’s game.
J.P. Crawford has matured into one of the best all-around shortstops in the game and he’s been a treat to see this season. After winning the Gold Glove for American League shortstops in 2020, people wondered if his bat could catch up to his glove.
Well, he has answered every question on that test and has been the Mariners’ best and most consistent offensive player this season.
This season he is batting .289 with 31 RBI and 21 doubles while playing in 84 of the teams 85 games. With his play at the plate improving, his defense has not fallen off. Crawford leads the league with 59 turned double plays and his 1.4 defensive WAR is the highest for any player in the Majors regardless of position.
The American League shortstop pool is very deep, and with Crawford playing on the West Coast, he has not truly received the attention he deserves, but his team surely has appreciated his efforts.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) July 5, 2021
Taijuan Walker may be the best free agent signing of the offseason. The Mets were unfathomably the only team to offer Walker a contract (three years, $23 million).
His 2.44 ERA is the 10th lowest among all pitchers and he, along with fellow Black Knight Marcus Stroman, has helped New York become an elite MLB rotation with multiple shutdown starters.
Saturday he gave his final plea for a spot on the All-Star team during his start in the Subway Series against their cross-town rival New York Yankees. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before a Bro on Bro crime was committed by Aaron Judge.
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) July 3, 2021
Walker has held teams to three runs or fewer in 13 of his 15 starts this season and has registered seven quality starts in a row.
Taijuan Walker, Painted 95mph Two Seamer. ?️? pic.twitter.com/QgRJvrlk6m
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 3, 2021
Tim Anderson is the coolest bro in the game and has been the best and most consistent player on the first-place Chicago White Sox, who have had enough drama to last a lifetime and we are only halfway through the year.
From multiple freak injuries to the manager calling out his teammates, Anderson has stayed level-headed. He has a .298 batting average which is top 10 in the American League with a .746 OPS.
Frank Thomas fighting for Tim Anderson's life out here
"What is an All-Star?!" pic.twitter.com/OESNLVTDcd
— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) July 5, 2021
Over the past month, Anderson has shown us why he has a Major League Batting Title in his trophy case. Over the last 30 days, he is batting .304 with 11 RBI and 18 runs.
The All-Star Game is a collection of the best talent MLB offers, and Tim Anderson is one of the faces of baseball and deserves a locker every Mid-Summer Classic.
Tim Anderson is going to be a force for years to come. pic.twitter.com/aOg2w0Wvjd
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) October 21, 2020
If it was not for a pitcher hitting Byron Buxton and leaving him with a fractured hand a few weeks ago, he would be starting in centerfield in next week’s All-Star Game.
— Dustin Morse (@morsecode) July 5, 2021
Buxton immediately got to work and was awarded the American League Player of the Month award for April after batting .426 with a .897 Slugging percentage, 14 RBI and eight home runs.
Byron Buxton was on track to start in his first career All Star Game before he got injured.. again. @Jala_Norman tells you how a fractured left pinky will likely keep him out of the Denver’s mid summer classic https://t.co/AdOCE8Vyrg #MLBbros #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/i6rCCu4CLV
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) June 23, 2021
On May 6th Buxton injured his hamstring trying to beat out a ground ball in an extra-innings game against the Rangers. He missed over a month and when he returned we thought he would reclaim his spot as the best player in the league this year.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 21, 2021
However, that comeback only lasted three games. Buxton was 4-for-11 with a home run, two runs batted in, two runs scored and a double before his season was halted again.
Buxton is expected to be out until August, if not longer.