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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Justin Verlander has idea to help fix MLB All-Star voting

Justin Verlander

This year’s MLB All-Star Game voting featured one of the worst snubs in recent memory, and Justin Verlander has an idea that he believes could help prevent similar situations going forward.

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell was not selected to the American League All-Star roster despite his league-leading 2.09 ERA, 12-4 record and 132 strikeouts this season. Snell’s teammate, Rays pitcher Chris Archer, went off about the snub on social media.

Justin Verlander, who received an All-Star nod for the seventh time in his career, has an idea that might help fix the problem.

Archer was quick to point out that Snell had nine wins at the time voting took place, but perhaps there were some voters who anticipated the right-hander’s numbers leveling off a bit. They never did, and some of the reactions on Twitter show you how deserving people think Snell is of a spot in the Midsummer Classic.

Verlander has a great point. With all the technology we have at our disposal, there’s no reason All-Star voting needs to take place so early in the season.

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