This makes no sense, but as the great Texas Rangers manager once said, “that’s how baseball go.”
Improbably, the 2022 Rangers, who are objectively better than the 2021 Rangers, will have less representation at the All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium than they did last year at Coors Field.
Last year, as you’ll recall, Texas sent outfielders Joey Gallo and Adolis Garcia, as well as starter Kyle Gibson, to Colorado for the 2021 All-Star Game. For a team that would go on to lose 102 games in 2021, that’s an impressive feat, especially because the 2022 team (that will likely finish with somewhere between 74-78 wins) has just one All-Star: Martin Perez.
The 2022 Texas Rangers somehow have less All-Star selections than the 2021 team
Don’t get me wrong, Perez is as deserving an All-Star this season as they come. His 7-2 record with a 2.72 ERA in 17 starts in 2022 has been a welcomed surprise for the Rangers and the lefty, who is having easily his best MLB season to date. His first ever selection is meritorious.
But what about Jonah Heim, who has also emerged to become one of the best catchers in baseball? With 12 home runs and a .796 OPS, those numbers are only bested by Toronto’s Alejandro Kirk, who will start behind the plate for the American League. For a position that has been notoriously bad at the dish, it feels like Heim was a big-time snub this year, even as a reserve.
Might I even ask about Corey Seager, who despite having a slow start to 2022, leads all shortstops in home runs (19) and has put up a solid .773 OPS in 318 at-bats to this point? The storyline of Seager returning to LA for the first time as a visitor surely would’ve been intriguing.
You could even make All-Star cases for Nathaniel Lowe and Garcia, an All-Star last season, both of whom continue to be pillars of consistency for the team offensively.
The All-Star voting and selection processes are flawed, and there’s no better example of this than the 2021 Texas Rangers having three times as many All-Stars as this year’s better team.