Philadelphia Phillies

All-star snubbed, Odubel Herrera doesn’t make the NL roster

Odubel Herrera deserved to be an all-star

Once again, the Phillies have one lone all-star

This season, a handful of players got snubbed from the all-star roster, just like every single season. This year, Odubel Herrera is one of those players who got snubbed. Although he started this season on fire, there has been some decline. Currently, Herrera is slashing .281/.335/.469 which gives him a .804 OPS. When you pair that with his 94 hits, 15 home runs, and 51 RBIs these are first half stats of an all-star.

Who actually made the NL roster and who got snubbed?

Each all-star roster has one spot remaining. A final fan vote takes place with five players on that ballot. For the NL, the starting outfield is Nick Markakis, Matt Kemp, and Bryce Harper. All three players are exceptional and are deserving of being in Washington D.C. However, Harper hasn’t been as great this season. Harper is slashing .218/.374/.472 which gives him an OPS of .846. Obviously, Harper’s OPS is higher than Herrera’s but OPS is not a huge identifier of an all-star nod. Harper has just 55 hits, 21 home runs, and 50 RBIs.

I am not going to sit here and tell you that Harper doesn’t deserve to be an all-star. However, I will sit here and tell you that Herrera deserves to be on the NL roster.

There are three other outfielders on the NL all-star roster. Charlie Blackmon, Lorenzo Cain, and Christian Yelich. These are three great players having exceptional years. This leaves just one question, if not Herrera, then who?

This question may be one of the toughest questions of every single baseball season. There are so many great players in both leagues, and every year players have breakout seasons.

So you’re saying there’s a chance?

There is still a chance that Herrera could make the roster, but it will be tough.

Although Herrera is not on the final vote list, there is still a chance he could make the final roster. Herrera could replace a player who is currently on the roster. However, the player who he would replace would have to be unable to play in the game. If you ask me, Herrera should be on the top of the replacement list.

I am not going to sit here and say that Herrera is the biggest all-star snub in recent years. But I would like you guys too. Feel free to let me know who you think the biggest snubs are from recent years.

statistics in this article are from baseball-reference.com

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Alex Peters

My name is Alex Peters. I have been a baseball fanatic since I can remember. Right now I play baseball for Penn State York. I live and die for baseball. Winter is my least favorite season, I'm sure you can guess why.

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