Earlier this week the official rosters for the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Washington D.C. were revealed to the public. The rosters were chosen by a combination of fan voting, player votes, and the selections of league executives. And while there were plenty of Latino players who were chosen for both the National League, and the American League rosters, there are some Hispanic players who made strong cases for selection that were left out. While the league has improved player selection by making sure every team is represented, they still haven’t figured out how to avoid the snubs.
Here are some Latino players who were definitely deserving of an All-Star nod but will spend the festivities at home instead…..
New York Mets third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera–
While the Mets are going through another injury-plagued and under performing season, the main bright spot for this franchise has gone unnoticed by the All-Star voters. Cabrera has a .280/.326/.485/.811 slash line with 16 home runs, 51 RBI’s, 20 extra base hits, and 40 runs scored in just 87 games. The 11-year veteran leads this team in practically all of these categories and has been carrying this team through some tough times.
Cabrera, who was born in Venezuela, is a two-time All-Star but he should have been awarded for the third time for his efforts this year.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte–
The Pirates are another struggling team with some standout talent. The Dominican-born Marte has been one of the team’s top performers and he could be sent to a contender at the trade deadline. The 29-year-old has is own impressive slash line of .282/.332/.460/.792 to go with 10 homers, 38 RBI’s, 19 extra base hits, 23 stolen bases, 47 runs scored, and has made some plays with his glove.
He dealt with an injury early in the season but has been consistent since then. He should be standing side by side with teammate Felipe Vazquez in D.C.
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias–
The fourth place Reds have gone 34-33 since May 1st and this Cuban right-hander is a major reason why. Iglesias has pitched in 27 of those games and the results have been impressive. In that span the Havana native has collected 16 of his 19 total saves (1-1 record) on the year by pitching 27 2/3 innings, striking out 28 batters (while only walking 6), allowing just 8 runs, and throwing 28 scoreless inning to give him a solid 2.41 earned run average along with a 1.05 WHIP.
In the 27 games in which Iglesias has taken the mound, the Reds have sported an outstanding record of 21-6. There is faint hope that the Reds will try to make an improbable 11th hour postseason run with the 28-year-old holding down the back end of the pitching staff.
Detroit Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos–
As the Tigers move closer towards rebuilding, Castellanos is solidifying himself as a cornerstone for a contending team of the future. And after Miguel Cabrera went down with a season-ending injury last month, this young gun has stepped up big at the plate in Cabrera’s absence.
Castellanos is the best hitter on this roster and a top-15 hitter in the American League with a .306/.359/.523/.882 slash line combined with 15 home runs, 56 RBI’s, 111 total hits (31 of them for extra bases), and 53 runs scored. It’s a crime that this 26-year-old talent is not on the A.L. roster.
Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia–
If not for his continued trips to the disabled list -currently sidelined with a hamstring injury- Garcia probably would have been selected to join teammate Jose Abreu in our Nations Capitol. But despite the injury, Garcia should still have been selected at least as a symbolic gesture. In between his DL stints Garcia has gone 40-for-142 at the plate with 40 total hits, 9 home runs, 17 RBI’s and 21 runs scored.
Before this recent injury Garcia’s July slash line stood at .406/.1.301/.1.460/.429. This year the season began in March, and before Garcia had his first injury in April his March line was a solid .400/.500/.900/.400. When healthy this Venezuelan slugger is an offensive force.
Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre–
The ageless wonder continues to defy the odds as he pushes closer towards the age of 40 (turned 39 at the start of the season). Between March and June Beltre had a monthly batting average of .300 or better, a monthly OPS of .800 or better, and a monthly OBP of .360 or higher. The four-time All-Star may only have 4 homers and 26 runs batted in (a late April injury that kept him out until early May played a part in those low numbers), but he averages two hits per game, has 63 total hits on the season, and has scored 20 runs. They voters should have let him prove that he can still keep up with the young guys on the big stage.
While these athletes may not be present on July 17th, the All-Star Game should still be fun to watch.