Well, the All-Star Game rosters have finally been announced, and the Padres going to Cleveland are… Kirby Yates. Yes, the lone representative from San Diego will be the closer, which at this point must be written into the MLB rules somewhere. Now, I don’t want to downplay Kirby’s accomplishments, because he’s been incredible and absolutely deserves to be an All-Star. But this All-Star roster is a slap in the face to both the club and their fans.
Let’s take a look at the Colorado Rockies, who are only a game and a half better than the Padres. They already got Nolan Arenado to Cleveland as a starter, but they’re also sending Trevor Story, Charlie Blackmon, and David Dahl as reserves. Now, Trevor Story is pretty good. But Fernando Tatís, Jr. bests Story in average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage. Tatís only has 11 homers compared to Story’s 17, but our sweet prince has played 25 fewer games due to his hamstring injury.
Meanwhile, Hunter Renfroe has been as good as if not better than Charlie Blackmon, and both Fangraphs and Baseball Reference give Hunter a higher WAR than Dahl. But both Renfroe and Franmil Reyes top them both in one important category. The Padres’ corner outfielders are tied for fourth in all of baseball for long balls.
MLB has finally done away with their ridiculous policy of determining World Series home field advantage, so the All-Star Game is back to being purely about entertainment. But in their neverending lack of wisdom, they’ve decided a generational talent and two of the season’s best power hitters aren’t entertaining enough.
There’s no question that this is an insult to San Diego baseball, an organiztion which has already been disrespected by the Umpires Association in recent weeks. Press statements and the objections of reporters are no longer enough. It’s time for the Padres to boycott the All-Star Game until MLB stops treating them like a minor league team. Call the game a sham and make MLB answer for it.