2022 MLB All-Star waivers: Freddie Freeman, Ty France, Carlos Rodon out of lineups

One of the annual byproducts of the release of Major League Baseball All-Star Game rosters is the list of All-Star snub lists. And let’s not let 2022 let us down, so let’s take a look at these players who, despite compelling arguments to make it to Dodger Stadium, find themselves — at least at this point — on the outside looking in.

Injury replacements could remove some of the sting if, say, a Bryce Harper, who is still listed as the NL starter at DH despite being injured, can’t go. We know that William Contreras will take his place as the starter, but there is still a roster spot.

Yet these are the players with the biggest objections to Sunday night.

American League

Ty France, Mariners

A wrist injury has hampered France a bit recently, but he’s back and slashing .306/.379/.460 with 15 doubles, 10 homers and 45 RBI in 74 games this season.

Anthony Rizzo, Yankees

The low batting average will turn many off, but Rizzo is among the league leaders with 22 homers and 54 RBI while being one of the main offensive forces for the best team in baseball.

Corey Seager, Rangers

His .245 average and .317 on-base percentage are why he’s not on the team, but Seager has 19 home runs.

Trevor Story, Red Sox

He’s significantly worse than Seager in average and OBP, but Story has driven in 55 runs, scored 46 runs, homered 15 times and stolen 10 bases.

J. D. Martinez, Red Sox

He doesn’t have nearly the power he once had, but Martinez has transformed as a middle man and is incredibly productive at the plate, hitting .312/.380/.486.

Kevin Gausman, Blue Jays

Through 16 starts, Gausman has a 2.86 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 88 innings.

Robbie Ray, Mariners

Ray bounced back into ace form, but it was probably too late to be considered. The workhorse leads the AL in innings pitched and at bats. In his last six starts, he has a 0.91 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings.

Logan Gilbert, Mariners

Hey, we can still use a recording, right? Gilbert is 10-3! He also has a 2.80 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 100 strikeouts in 106 innings.

Dylann Seaz, White Sox

The walks must have done it. Cease leads the standings with 43 free passes. He also struck out 133 in 92 innings and has a 2.45 ERA (161 ERA+).

Michael King, Yankees

He was just so valuable to the Yankees in a multi-inning role, especially after they lost Chad Green for the year. In 20 games, King has pitched 46 1/3 innings, posting a 2.33 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 62 strikeouts.

National League

Josh Bell, Nationals

Nats only one player on the team makes sense. That the player is Juan Soto makes sense. However, Bell is hitting .304/.386/.491 with 19 doubles, two triples, 12 homers, 47 RBI and 44 runs. He had a great case.

Freddie Freeman, Dodgers

Part of the problem with Bell and Freeman was a crowded position, exacerbated by the Rockies needing a rep and C.J. Cron being their top choice. However, Freddie Freeman is having another Freddie Freeman season, slashing .304/.381/.494 with 11 homers and 54 RBI. He was so important in the middle of the Dodgers’ order as they dealt with injuries and some disappointing performances.

Austin Riley, Braves

He’s hitting .282, which is really high these days, with 23 home runs and 56 RBI. Tough crowd, right?

Francisco Lindor, Mets

A .239/.316/.421 slash line isn’t particularly impressive, but Lindor has been a monster with 15 homers, 60 RBI, 50 runs and nine steals.

Brandon Drury, Reds

I thought the Reds representative would be Drury, but instead it was starting pitcher Luis Castillo. Drury is a 29-year-old journeyman hitting .277/.333/.540 with 18 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs, 50 RBI and 53 runs. He would make a good story.

Brian Reynolds, Pirates

We’ll be hearing his name a lot in the coming weeks as a trade candidate. If the Pirates end up dealing him, some team will be getting a completely underrated star. A slow start was the culprit here, but he’s been one of the best players in the league in June and July.

Aaron Nola and Zach Wheeler, Phillies

Nola has been one of the league’s best workhorses, compiling 111 1/3 innings to that point. He struck out 120 against 14 unintentional walks with a 3.15 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. Wheeler is 8-4 with a 2.46 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 104 strikeouts in 95 innings. That’s a pair of aces for the Phillies, but both were shutouts here.

Carlos Rodon, Giants

Through 17 starts, he has a 2.70 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 124 strikeouts against 32 walks in 100 innings. His 2.13 FIP leads the NL.

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