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Its A Shame, As Mets Francisco Lindor Should Be Suiting Up With All Stars

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The New York Mets shortstop, Francisco Lindor, who entered the MLB in 2015, was selected to the All Star game from 2016-2019 as a member of the Cleveland Indians. In 2020, there wasn’t an all star game due to shortened season.

In 2021, Lindor was traded to the New York Mets and in the first half of the season, he batted .225, with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs. The Puerto Rican native was not selected for the mid-season classic as a starter nor reserve as Fernando Tatis Jr.(.286, 28 HR, 60 RBIs) and Trea Turner  (.318, 17 HR, 52 RBI) were the obvious selections.

Lindor’s numbers improved in 2022, as he batted .248, with 12 doubles, 16 HRs, and drove in 66 batters in the first half. Trea Turner was the starter as he batted .306, with 14 home runs and 68 RBIs at the break.  The shortstop reserve in 2022, was Dansby Swanson, who batted .294, with 20 doubles, 15 HRs and 53 RBIs. Both shortstops seemed like an obvious choice if you just looked at their batting averages, but as a power threat, Lindor could have gotten the nod.

But there needs to be some sort of explanation as to why a player of Francisco Lindor’s caliber, has not been in the all star game since 2019. He has the numbers and is a true veteran and ambassador of the sport.

If there ever was a snub for an all star game, this would be the year, as Lindor, statistically is just as good as any shortstop in the game. He was a Finalist to start but was defeated by Orlando Arcia of the Atlanta Braves, who received 69% of the vote, to Lindor’s 31%.

So you would think that as a second Finalist that he would be a reserve, but once again he was not, as the powers that be selected Swanson, who is batting .258, with 15 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 36 RBIs.

If the fans can pick a hitter that is surely not having a dominating first half, the MLB selection team can choose Lindor who is having a much better first half then Swanson. Lindor did end the first half on fire, but overall he batted .239, with 20 doubles, two triples, 19 home runs, 60 RBIs, 36 walks and 13 stolen bases.

The worse part of it all is that after the Chicago Cubs placed Swanson on the 10 Day IL, Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop, Geraldo Perdomo was selected as his replacement. His first half numbers are, .271, with 14 doubles, five home runs, 33 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. A great thing for Perdomo, but an obvious snub to Lindor. Why? I am sure all Mets fans would love to know.

The Mets centerfielder Brandon Nimmo had something to say about the snub:

Francisco has all these extra-base hits in a park that is not a hitter’s ballpark and you could argue that Arizona is almost as bad as Colorado,” Nimmo said, via the New York Post. “They always talk about the Hall of Fame and all this stuff and I heard all the crap with Todd Helton and his numbers are inflated because he’s in Coors Field, well you can say that same stuff about Arizona. [Lindor] should be in the All-Star game — 100 percent…Based on where we are in the season and what we just did in Arizona, that pick should have gone to [Lindor]. I will stand behind that.

And I will stand with Nimmo, as Lindor was just issued a major snub and its a shame as it seems that there was never any way he would have gotten a selection unless the fans voted him in. Such a travesty to one of the great players in the majors today.

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