Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell did not make the All-Star Game. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

MLB Reveals All-Star Rosters, Snell Snubbed

The MLB revealed its 2018 All-Star Game teams on Sunday night.

Two Florida Teams Boast All-Stars

Firstly, two players from teams in Florida made the cut: Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto and Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos. Realmuto is batting .317 thus far this season and is a reserve for the NL. The catcher carries 44 RBIs and 12 homers.

On the other side, Ramos leads the Rays with 47 RBIs, 12 home runs on the year and is hitting .289. Ramos will be the starting catcher for the AL.

Snubbed: Blake Snell

Secondly, one Rays pitcher didn’t make the cut: Blake Snell.

Snell leads the AL with an ERA of 2.09. Furthermore, he has a 12-4 record for a less-than-impressive Rays team in the AL East. The pitcher is tied for second in the MLB in wins with 12, tied for third in opponent batting average at .183 and has 132 strikeouts so far.

Following Snell’s name being left off the list, several pundits on Twitter aided the pitcher.

These weren’t the only tweets. One needs only type in “Blake Snell” to Twitter and they would see the outcry of support over the snub. Snell is 8-1 in his last 10 starts with a 1.27 ERA.

Other MLB players, coaches and managers select the pitchers on both All-Star rosters, with five starters and three relievers.

Not all players appreciate the peer vote because it is done early in advance. Houston Astros pitcher and All-Star participant Justin Verlander responded to Snell’s snub.

It is highly likely that Snell makes the team as a reserve or injury replacement. Regardless, he remains one of the more memorable snubs in recent history.

Luis Severino, Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Chris Sale and Corey Kluber are the five pitchers that made the AL All-Star lineup. Although all of them deservingly got the nod, it nonetheless remains a surprise that Snell didn’t.

The MLB All-Star Game takes place July 17 at 8 p.m. Finally, stick with ESPN 98.1 FM – 850 AM WRUF for more as the MLB All-Star Game approaches.

About Chris O'Brien

Chris O'Brien is a rising sophomore at the University of Florida. He aspires to be an on-air sports anchor someday.

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