Minnesota Twins: 4 Twins that should be in the MLB All-Star Game
By Chris Schad
Eddie Rosario – OF
Eddie Rosario had a tough hill to climb to become a starter in the All-Star Game as there were several outfielders that were deserving of that honor. In fact, it’s hard to argue that the fans didn’t get the AL outfield correct as Mike Trout, George Springer and Michael Brantley have all had strong seasons so far and deserve to take the field in Cleveland.
Despite that, it was almost a given that Rosario would make the trip as a reserve, but he was passed over in favor of Mookie Betts, Austin Meadows and Joey Gallo. Meadows and Gallo are both deserving of the nod, but the down season of Betts draws plenty of questions.
The Red Sox are in the middle of a disappointing year coming off a World Series championship and Betts’ 2019 season has been one of the biggest head scratchers league-wide. The 26-year old put together a monster MVP campaign last year, hitting .346 with 32 HR, 80 RBI and 30 stolen bases, but hasn’t lived up to the hype this year.
Entering Sunday, Betts was hitting just .261 and his slugging percentage, which was a league-leading .640 in 2018 has dropped to .456 this season, which would be a career-low outside of his rookie year where he slugged .444 in 2014.
While Betts has suffered a hangover, Rosario may be having his best season to date. His line of .280 with 20 HR and 60 RBI has helped power one of the best lineups in the league and even though he is on the shelf with a sprained ankle, it’s still a mystery why he wouldn’t be named to the All-Star game and possibly have Betts as his replacement.
Either way, it appears that Rosario getting snubbed for the All-Star Game is becoming just as much of a tradition as the Midsummer Classic itself.