As anyone who voted in this years All-Star game understands, fans only get to vote on the starting position players. When it comes to deciding which pitchers will attend, that’s left in the hands of the players, managers, and coaches who have their own vote. Usually the players/managers/coaches do a decent job of deciding which pitchers should be all-stars, that being said, because of the nature of the vote, some people do get shafted every now and again. One of the pitchers cheated out of attending this years mid-summer classic was none other than Marcus Stroman.
Early into the fan vote, Justin Smoak wasn’t garnering nearly enough attention considering the season he’d been having. In fact, as late as June 8, Smoak still wasn’t even amongst the Top 5 vote getters for 1st base, even though he led all AL 1st basemen in HR, RBI, SLG, OPS, and was second in AVG. Because the fans are able to vote for the starting position players, they were able to correct this injustice and managed to vote in Smoak as the starting 1st baseman. Due to the fan vote, the player most deserving to start at 1st base was selected in the end…the same thing unfortunately can’t be said for Stroman.
So far this season, Stroman is 9-5 with a 3.28 ERA. The craziest thing with Stroman not being selected is that he’s had a better season than three other pitchers who were chosen for the all-star game over him. Chris Archer, Luis Severino, and Yu Darvish are all wonderful pitchers, but their numbers don’t even come close to what Stroman’s done in 2017. Of those three pitchers, Darvish is having the best year, and he’s still only 6-8 with a 3.49 ERA. Severino is 5-4 with a 3.54 ERA, while Archer is 7-5 with a mediocre 3.95 ERA.
Even Archer’s own teammate on the Rays, Steven Souza Jr. had the following to say on Twitter about Stroman not making the cut.
— Steven Souza Jr. (@SouzaJr) July 10, 2017
It isn’t difficult to understand why Stroman was omitted from the all-star game in favour of Archer, Severino, and Darvish. Being the brash young player that he is, who speaks his mind and isn’t afraid to talk trash, certainly that kind of player will rub some of his peers the wrong way. With any vote, there’s going to be some bias, but as a voter, it’s also important to understand that the all-star game is a celebration of baseball’s best, something Stroman has most definitely been this season.