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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Mariners’ Jean Segura not happy with All-Star snub

The American League and National League All-Star rosters simply aren’t big enough to include every deserving player every season, but some snubs seem more egregious than others. Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura clearly feels that it the case with him.

Segura, who is hitting .330 this year with seven homers, 47 RBI and 14 stolen bases, was not selected to the AL roster on Sunday. He was openly angry about the omission, calling it “ridiculous.”

Segura’s .330 average is good for third in the majors, but it didn’t help that shortstop is such a deep position in the AL this season. It’s hard to argue against Manny Machado being chosen as the starter, though Gleyber Torres clearly got some love from playing in the biggest market in baseball.

Mariners manager Scott Servais encouraged fans to step up and make Segura part of the All-Star Game by voting for him in the Final Vote, but it will be tough to top Andrew Benintendi and Giancarlo Stanton in their markets. Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who is also hitting over .300 this season, is also part of the Final Vote.

Again, this happens every season. One pitcher who was probably deserving of being in the mix to start for the AL wasn’t chosen to the team, and we saw how Twitter reacted to that. If Segura isn’t selected with the Final Vote, his frustration will be understandable.

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