The 2016 All-Star Game lineups were announced this week and there is much to be discussed.
The American League lineup was much to be expected except for one: Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer at first base. Many were under the impression that the Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis would have the spot, however he was outvoted by Hosmer to win the spot. David Ortiz will represent the Boston Red Sox as the American League starting designated hitter. Ortiz is in his final year in the league and was expected to be voted into the starting role, however he has put up the numbers to deserve it. Batting .339 with 34 doubles, 19 homers, and 66 RBIs, Ortiz is sure to represent the American League well.
The National League lineup was not as straight forward, as the Chicago Cubs grace the game with 5 players in the starting lineup. Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell, Kris Bryant, and Dexter Fowler will be representing the best team in baseball at Petco Park on July 12th. There is no arguing Bryant and Rizzo’s selection, however there are many questions flying around about the others named to the lineup.
More than the others, Addison Russell’s addition to the starting lineup is proving to be more of a popularity contest in regards to actually deserving the position. The Los Angeles Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager was assigned as a reserve, however he is more qualified to start over Russell. Seager leads the Dodgers in almost every offensive category including BA, Hits, Doubles, Triples, RBIs, Homers, Runs, OBP, and SLG. Seager’s performance doesn’t stop on the offensive end as he ranks seventh among all MLB shortstops in fielding efficiency.
Russell’s stat line is impressive with 45 RBIs and 115 hits (Seager has 41 RBIs and 100 hits), however he falls below Seager in every other category offensively and defensively. Yes Seager is still an All-Star, however he is much more deserving of the starting role. Seager is proving to be a rising star in the MLB and will have plenty more opportunities to start in the All-Star game, it just seems a little unfair to rob him of his first opportunity to start.
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