The lone Mets All-Star selection leaves fans puzzled as others are snubbed

Mets
Mets / Scott Taetsch/GettyImages
facebooktwitterreddit

On Sunday evening it was announced that New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso would be the team's lone representative at this year's All-Star game which left many Mets fans perplexed, including myself. While many of us are happy that Alonso is representing the Mets, there were certainly a few other players who seemed to be more deserving of a spot in Arlington.

You can certainly make a case for star shortstop Francisco Lindor who has been on an absolute tear after a slow start to the season and had come into Sunday as the second-ranked shortstop in the National League in fWAR. Certainly, his late-game heroics Sunday afternoon also would've been an exclamation point to a selection to the All-Star game after his play had helped turn around the Mets' season.

There is much controversy amongst Mets fans surrounding this year's snubs for the MLB All-Star Game

Another player that was certainly deserving of a spot in Arlington was outfielder Brandon Nimmo who also has been a large catalyst in the Mets' first-half turnaround. Coming into play Sunday, Nimmo was ranked in the top five of all National League outfielders in regards to fWAR, and shockingly he was not selected. What makes this even more confusing is that the other four outfielders on that very list had all made the National League roster, excluding Nimmo.

It's also fair to say that Francisco Alvarez and Mark Vientos deserved some All-Star love with the way they have revitalized and deepened the Mets starting lineup over the course of the last month. While this isn't a gigantic knock on Alonso, it just seems some other performers on the Mets roster definitely could have been more justified by their current numbers to get the nod.

There is also a large debate on social media in regard to whether Alonso deserved the nod over Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker, who also has had a highly successful first half out in the desert. It's tough to pile on Alonso who most likely is going to participate in this year's Home Run Derby with his All-Star Game nod, but leaving Lindor and Nimmo out of this year's game is a bad look for Major League Baseball.

manual