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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The uncase for Justin Smoak for the All Star Game - #SmoakTheVOTE
So, last year Canada got Michael Saunders to the All Star Game. Fans were excited and he got the 26th position to the All Star Game. Now I am all for getting a guy what he deserves, but Michael Saunders was a 1st half wonder. Canada was so pumped up to be part of the Blue Jay fever that they voted for Saunders in droves. If you haven't heard, Michael Saunders was released by the Phillies last week. He definitely was not an All Star, he finished the season with 57 RBI. Here is a list of the other names on the list from last year.
2B Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers
3B Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
2B Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
OF Michael Saunders, Toronto Blue Jays
OF George Springer, Houston Astros
Okay, so what name doesn't make sense. Now, its not like these guys aren't going to make other All Star Games. But Longoria has only been to 3 Games in his career. He ended last year with 36 homers and should have been there. That said, he has been. Here are guys that had amazing careers and never went to one game.
This tells you how hard it can be too make an All Star Game. It's also a reason why the average Blue Jay fan should wait a couple seasons to see if ever Justin Smoak is an All Star or a 1 year wonder.