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The 10 biggest MLB All-Star Game snubs, from Anthony Santander to Cristopher Sanchez

Sure, the concept of an MLB All-Star Game snub is relative in this era of expanded rosters and a surefire parade of replacements as players get hurt, pitchers climb the mound too close to the July 16 game and a couple veer toward Cancun.

So yes, almost everyone deserving will eventually get their ticket stamped for North Texas and the climate-controlled hardball luxe of Globe Life Field. But Sunday, when Major League Baseball revealed the reserves and pitchers, plenty of key names were missing.

Let鈥檚 look at a few of the notable omissions from the 2024 MLB All-Star Game rosters:

MLB All-Star Game snubs: American Leage

Brent Rooker, Oakland Athletics

was a low-key star of the last Midsummer Classic, driving in a run for the AL and eliciting 鈥淪ell the team!鈥 chants from baseball fans on hand. This year, he鈥檚 doubled down on that worthiness: 18 home runs, 54 RBI and an .890 OPS, eighth in the AL. Not as buzzworthy as fireballing closer Mason Miller, the A鈥檚 lone representative, but certainly more accomplished and a likelier trade target, which would have made for fun pregame chatter.

Follow every MLB game: are most of any AL player not on the squad, and his .804 OPS as an outfielder ranks sixth in that group. Third among outfielders with 57 RBI and ninth overall in the AL.

Ronel Blanco, Houston Astros

Seems like we want to jam more feel-good stories or nifty narratives into this game, eh? Well, would certainly fit the bill: He threw a no-hitter in just his eighth career start, at the ripe old age of 30. And he was no one-night wonder 鈥 Blanco鈥檚 2.53 ERA ranks fourth in the AL and he鈥檚 seventh with a 1.01 WHIP. Of greater import, he鈥檚 kept the Astros afloat through a grim early start laden with pitching injuries.

Grayson Rodriguez, Baltimore Orioles

They鈥檙e just a game behind the Cleveland Guardians for the AL鈥檚 best record yet have two fewer All-Stars 鈥 fan-elected starters and and starter . Not surprisingly, they might lead in snubs, too, with closer and infielder joining Santander and Rodriguez as deserving dudes. Let鈥檚 hone in on , tied for the AL lead with 11 wins and sixth with 9.98 strikeouts per nine innings.

Kenley Jansen, Boston Red Sox

At the end of the day it鈥檚 not much difference if a veteran reliever has four or five All-Star selections to his credit. But , 36, has been excellent: He鈥檚 converted 17 of 18 save chances, a 94% conversion rate that鈥檚 by far the best among the top 10 in saves. Yet it鈥檚 curious that MLB would opt for New York Yankees closer Clay Holmes to fill out the roster. Jansen has a 1.09 WHIP and .198 opponent batting average to Holmes鈥 1.31 and .271; the Yankee has converted 19 of 24 save chances.

MLB All-Star Game snubs: National League

Christian Walker, Arizona Diamondbacks

You鈥檇 think a last-week push in which he laid waste to Dodger Stadium would鈥檝e lifted the veteran to his first All-Star nod. Alas, and .853 OPS are the most of any NL player not on the roster; he ranks third and eighth in those categories, respectively.

Christian Walker acknowledges the fans before the Arizona Diamondbacks' game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 23.

Cristopher Sanchez, Philadelphia Phillies

Yeah, the Phillies got four pitchers on the squad. But they absolutely deserved one or maybe two more. 鈥檚 omission is glaring: He ranks sixth in ERA and is one of just a half-dozen NL pitchers to toss a shutout this season. Sanchez has also given up just two home runs in 97 innings.

Trevor Megill, Milwaukee Brewers

A situation where not only is the player deserving, but a team that鈥檚 posted the third-best record in the NL deserves more reps than fan-elected starters and . has been nails, saving 18 of 19 games with a 0.99 WHIP.

Masyn Winn, St. Louis Cardinals

Always considered a glove-first guy, has been outstanding all around for the Cardinals, with 3.4 Wins Above Replacement ranking eighth among NL position players and behind only CJ Abrams among healthy shortstops. A .294/.343/.416 line pairs nicely with his defensive excellence.

Jake Irvin, Washington Nationals

Tough to ignore Abrams as the Nationals鈥 lone representative, and tough to clamor for one more bid from a fourth-place team. But is the club鈥檚 greatest success story this year, with a 2.80 ERA ranking fifth in the NL and a 1.00 WHIP trailing only All-Stars Chris Sale, Tyler Glasnow and Zack Wheeler. Has a 1.65 ERA in his last eight starts.

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