The votes are in, and the Dodgers have 4 All-Stars selected to represent the National League this year. Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin were added in as pitchers after Mookie Betts and Trea Turner were named starters at their positions. It should be a really good time next week with superstars coming into town.
But with those All-Star nods also comes the misses. And boy did voters miss on a few big names this year. Dodgers fans obviously had a few names in mind that they would have liked to see, and even Dave Roberts felt he had 7 different All-Stars on his squad.
But ESPN’s Jeff Passan said what we were all thinking this week. One of the more egregious misses for the All-Star Game was catcher Will Smith. And the Dodgers have to be a little disappointed he did not get the selection this year.
Most egregious All-Star snubs: Carlos Rodon, Will Smith, Ty France, Tommy Edman, Dylan Cease, Zack Wheeler, Brandon Drury, Josh Bell, Devin Williams, Aaron Nola, Kevin Gausman, Austin Riley. Many more belong (Nimmo, Reynolds, Schreiber, King). And plenty will be added this week.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 10, 2022
Smith has been one of the best hitting catchers in baseball this season. His 128 wRC+ is the second-best in the National League for a qualified catcher. The top is Wilson Contreras, who came in as the top voting option this year. The Dodgers catcher didn’t even make it to phase 2 of voting.
His .799 OPS is second among catchers and he has driven in more runs than any catcher in baseball at 42. It also would have been the Dodgers’ catcher’s first All-Star nod of his carer. And he is long overdue for that honor.
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