3 Cleveland Indians snubbed from the All-Star roster
This past weekend saw Major League Baseball announce the roster for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game that will be played in Colorado next week. The Cleveland Indians were fortunate enough to see two players named to the roster with Jose Ramirez and Shane Bieber. With Bieber on the injured list, Ramirez might be the team’s lone representative to take the field during the course of the game.
While two representatives was great to see for the club, there were of course snubs from the roster as well. This is a yearly occurrence and happens in pretty much every sport. Most teams can make a case for at least one or two players that had a shot at being named to the All-Star rosters, but there’s only so many that can be named. For the Cleveland Indians, it’s really no different.
Ramirez and Bieber were very clearly deserving of being named, but there were a few other players that were deserving as well on the Tribe’s roster. There’s a chance that more players could be added for injuries all the way up until the July 13 game, but with the top three snubs on Cleveland’s roster being pitchers the odds of making it on to the roster and into the game seem slim.
For that reason, Ramirez will still be the one with the best shot of seeing the field in Colorado. Bieber won’t be able to defend his 2019 MLB All-Star Game MVP crown since he’s hurt and any with only nine innings to play, the odds of seeing an injury replacement pitcher in the game is rather unlikely.
Whether they see the field or not, these three players deserved All-Star status this season based on their performance on the field in the first half. The stats speak for themselves and are very comparable to players who did make the roster. If there are injury replacements at the pitcher position, these three should be at the top of the list.