Minnesota Twins fans already know that it's been a brutal season, but it's about to become a national embarrassment.
It's not a national embarrassment in that the entire country is ashamed of what the Twins are doing, rather a national spotlight is about to light up the horrible season Minnesota is having. With the MLB All-Star Game right around the corner, the American League roster is starting to come together and so too are predictions from experts.
The second phase of voting has been completed and not a single Twins player is among the finalists. A few are showing up on ballots of experts, but it's looking like Minnesota will get shut out of having an All-Star voted in and will have to rely on a pitcher representing them in Seattle.
If we're being honest, that's fitting. Pitching, for the first time in what feels like forever, is the most stable unit for the Twins which is what makes the utter lack of anything else excruciatingly frustrating.
Most notably, Carlos Correa is nowhere to be found in any All-Star conversation. That's not surprising given the year he's had, but it's a tremendous disappointment after the contract he signed in the offseason.
Ken Rosenthal rips Carlos Correa in MLB All-Star roster prediction
Rosenthal put together his MLB All-Star roster for The Athletic, and it didn't include Correa as a position player. It didn't include Correa at all in terms of honoring his first half with an All-Star appearance, rather Rosenthal mentions Correa when pointing out the stunning failure each of the highest-paid American League shortstops has been thus far in the season.
"It’s striking that the Twins’ Carlos Correa, Tigers’ Javier Báez, and White Sox’s Tim Anderson are not even performing well enough to qualify as notable omissions," Rosenthal wrote.
To be fair, Correa wasn't the only shortstop that Rosenthal roasted but he's certainly the biggest name of the group.
It's criticism that is more than deserved, as everything about Correa's season has been awful. He's underperformed at the plate, has battled injuries, and has hardly made an impact on an offense that desperately needs him.
All of this combines for horrible optics when it comes to his $200 million contract. There's still plenty of time for Correa to iron things out over the course of the deal, but it's impossible to argue that the initial portion of his deal has been anything other than a total disaster.
Correa not even being an omission from the All-Star roster is both the perfect summation of his first half and a nightmare scenario for the Twins.