On A-Rod and the All-Star Snub

So it obviously wasn't that big a surprise to find out that Alex Rodriguez didn't make the 2015 American League All-Star team as a reserve player and that he also didn't make the list of Final Vote candidates, but what is surprising, and, frankly, quite a bit shocking is just how many people are legitimately angered by his being snubbed. That's right, people from all over, writers and fans alike, and not just writers and fans from the New York area, are actually calling it a snub.

Give me a minute here. I'm getting verklempt.

Linda Richman is a little Verklempt

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Can I just say how much this whole situation warms the cockles of my heart? I cannot believe it.

I will admit that some people probably want Alex on the All-Star team just to stick it to Bud Selig and Rob Manfred, but others were tweeting statistics and pointing out why he is a worthy All-Star candidate.

Guys like Ken Davidoff of the Post and Andy Martino of the Daily News are voicing their displeasure in the snub. Wally Matthews of ESPN NY was endorsing A-Rod for the All-Star game before the final results came out. He even went so far as to say that he would be disappointed if A-Rod was snubbed. (I guess he's disappointed right now.)

When the news came out yesterday about the All-Star reserves and the Final Vote candidates (by the way, Go Gardy!), I noticed an awful lot of people from all different fanbases voicing their displeasure in the fact that A-Rod was left off the team.

What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on here?

As the tried and true, overly used sentiment goes, could you have imagined this happening at all a year ago? Or even imagined it at the beginning of this season? I had hoped it would happen. I desperately wanted A-Rod to come out and show everyone that he was still capable of being a productive baseball player, but he has far exceeded my expectations. (And yours. And the world's.)

Do those disappointed fans and writers have a legitimate beef? Yep, as a matter of fact, they do.

Some of A-Rod's 2015 season numbers (so far):

  • His slash line (right now) is .284/.390/.513/.902. Not bad for a soon to be 40 year-old with two bad hips.
  • His WAR is a 2.2 which places him in the top 50 but his offensive WAR of 17.6 puts him in 15th place overall.
  • His wOBA is .389 which ranks him 12th 11th in all of baseball (not just the American League).
  • A.L. players with a higher wOBA than Alex: Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, Prince Fielder, Jason Kipnis, and Nelson Cruz. They're all on the All-Star roster. (Editor's note: Jose Bautista dropped a slot below Alex after last night's game.)
  • His wRC+ is 149 which ranks him 14th in all of baseball.
  • His .390 OBP ranks him 10th in all of baseball.
  • He has 16 home runs and 47 RBI.  And while I know RBI isn't a favorite among my fellow baseball nerds, 47 still gives him two more than Mike Trout which is cool to say because Trout is awesome.
  • And this final factoid from Ken Davidoff via Twitter: Alex is the only AL player to rank in the Top 10 in any of OBP, OPS and OPS+ and not make the All-Star team.

But, I would like to add that Prince Fielder is a well-deserving reserve player, who is straight up raking this year, so good for him for making the All-Star team.

The point of this particular post is just to illustrate to everyone that it's not completely outlandish to think that A-Rod may have actually deserved a spot on this year's All-Star team. And that yes, he was most definitely snubbed.

[Numbers courtesy of Baseball Reference and Fangraphs]