2022 MLB All-Star Game rejected: Freddie Freeman, Ty France, Carlos Rodón left rosters

One of the annual by-products of the release of Major League Baseball All-Star Game Rosters it’s the list of All-Star denial lists. And let 2022 not disappoint, so let’s look at those players who, despite making a compelling case to make it to Dodger Stadium, find themselves — at least at this point — on the outside looking in.

Injury replacement can take some of the sting out 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 a starter, but there is still an open spot on the roster.

However, these are the players with the biggest obstacles from Sunday night.

American League

Ty France, Mariners

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

Anthony Rizzo, Yankees

The low batting average will put him off a lot, 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 much worse than Seager in average and OBP, but Story has driven 55 home runs, scored 46 times, hit 15 times and stolen 10 bases.

JD Martinez, Red Sox

He doesn’t have the power he once had, but Martinez has reinvented himself as an average guy 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 is back in ace form, but it was probably too late to be considered strong. The workhorse leads the AL in innings pitched and strikeouts faced. 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 the record, right? Gilbert is 10-3! He also has a 2.80 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 100 strikeouts in 106 innings.

Dylan Cease, White Sox

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

Michael King, Yankees

He’s just been so valuable to the Yankees in a multiple role, especially since they lost Chad Green for the year. In 20 appearances, King has worked 46 1/3 innings, posting a 2.33 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 62 strikeouts.

National League

Josh Bell, National

It makes sense for the Nats to get just one player on the team. That player is Juan Soto makes sense. Bell, however, 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 issue with Bell and Freeman was a crowded position, exacerbated by the Rockies needing a rep and CJ Cron being their top selection. However, Freddie Freeman is having another Freddie Freeman season, slashing .304/.381/.494 with 11 homers and 54 RBI. He has been so important in the middle of the Dodgers’ order as they have 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?

East Francisco, Mets

The .239/.316/.421 slash isn’t very impressive, but Lindor has been a stat 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 leadoff hitter Luis Castillo. Drury is a 29-year-old slugger hitting .277/.333/.540 with 18 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs, 50 RBI and 53 runs. That would have been a nice story.

Bryan Reynolds, Pirates

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

Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler, Phillies

Nola has been one of the best pitchers in the league, compiling 111 1/3 innings to this point. He has struck out 120 against 14 involuntary 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. It’s a pair of aces for the Phillies, but both were shut out here.

Carlos Rodón, 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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