Today marked the end for the voting for the final roster spots for both the American League and National League teams. Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox was the sure favorite for the American League team and he did capture that spot, but the National League final vote was bizarre to say the least. Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs was the named the final roster spot over players such as Justin Morneau (Colorado Rockies), Casey McGehee (Miami Marlins), and Justin Upton (Atlanta Braves).
Sure, Rizzo is having a solid season for the Cubs, slashing at a line of .280/.387/.512 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI’s, but there were two other candidates that were much deserving of the roster spot.
Justin Morneau was getting love from all over the world and rightfully so. The 33-year-old is slashing at a line of .313/.346/.509 with 20 doubles, 13 home runs, and 59 RBI’s. Justin has only struck out 38 times in 320 at-bats this season which is unheard of.
Another candidate that should have been on the roster already is Miami Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee. McGehee is tearing the cover off the ball this season, hitting .320/.387/.391 with 20 doubles, 1 home run, and 53 RBI’s. He is also currently in first place in the National League with 112 hits.
Pending injury to other players, it’s looking like Morneau will not get the homecoming he deserves. I would like to take this time to thank the Rockies fans, Indians fans, Twins fans, and support from all around the country for voting for Justin and I hope you had fun in doing so.