Major League Baseball has officially released the rosters for the American and National League All Star teams. The Milwaukee Brewers have three total All Stars, with the possibility of adding another. The team with the best record in the National League won’t have a starter, but will have ample representation in Washington D.C. on July 17th.
On the pitching side of things, the Milwaukee Brewers second-year reliever Josh Hader was selected to the All Star team. Hader was a virtual lock for the team as early as May. All he has done this year is strike people out and have multi-inning appearances of pure dominance. He has been incredible all year for this team. Hader has received the most national attention of any Brewer this season.
Which two offensive players made the team?
Next, the Milwaukee Brewers big free agent Lorenzo Cain was selected to the team as a reserve. This is Cain’s second All-Star selection and his first with the Brewers.
Cain has been great out of the leadoff spot, and occasionally hitting third, all year for the Brewers. He was a fantastic signing in the offseason despite many questioning how he would fit into the lineup.
The third man to make the team outright is the other big offseason acquisition, Christian Yelich, who also made the team as a reserve. Yelich has hit behind Cain in the lineup for much of the year.
He has been one of the more consistent hitters on the team and has played solid defense in the outfield. With his sliding catches and skills at the plate, many predicted Yelich to be an All Star before the season. He certainly came through.
Who is the most obvious snub?
Now, to the snubs. Jesus Aguilar missing out on the All Star game is ridiculous. He’s up near the top of every offensive category in the National League. He has fewer at bats than most other candidates. However, Aguilar is on the final vote in the NL along with Max Muncy, Trea Turner, Matt Carpenter, and Brandon Belt.
Brewer fans and baseball fans in general need to vote Aguilar into the game. He has carried the offensive load for a team that is first place in it’s league right now. His stats compare with any first baseman in the league. Aguilar deserves to go. Fans have the chance to make sure he gets there. Even if he doesn’t get selected, Aguilar has a good chance to join the home run derby the night before the actual game.
Were any pitchers snubbed?
Another snub that could’ve easily made the team is another Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher, Jeremy Jeffress. Jeffress has been another super reliever alongside Hader. He gets out of tough situations and often works multiple innings in his appearances. He is a huge reason the Brewers have the record they do. It’s unfortunate he won’t get the chance show off his nasty sinker or his passionate strut after a strikeout to the national audience.
The Milwaukee Brewers are one of the best teams in baseball in 2018, and they have multiple standout performers who will head to DC. Congratulations to the three that made the team outright, and for baseball’s sake, we should be able to say the same for Aguilar.