NL All-Star Shortstops, no shortage of viable candidates, but one stands taller
Most Dodger fans feel that Corey Seager was getting shortchanged in the all-star balloting but a late push has Corey in 3rd place after barely making a dent in the previous ballot updates.
MLB columnist Anthony Castrovince feels that Seager should be the choice, but the position is not lacking in talent this year. When you peruse the list of shortstops who wouldn’t embarrass the game by getting selected this is what I find.
Even with the historical start by Trevor Story, the offense at SS is being led by Seager and Aledmys Diaz. Diaz is also being ignored by the voters.
One name you won’t find on the offensive leaderboard is current top vote receiver, Addison Russell. That is because his offense has been less than adequate and he’s only going to be an all-star in 2016 because Cub fans have stuffed the ballot. Which is too bad, because multiple shortstops deserve an all-star appearance this year, and if Addison wins, someone is going get left off that deserves to go.
Brandon Crawford is not having the offensive year that others on the list are having but he’s such a defensive dynamo I’d have little problem if Crawford made the team.
My preference would be a trio of Seager / Story / Crawford and would have no problem if Diaz snuck in. Villar is having a career season but his offense still isn’t quite up to par with Seager/Diaz, and his defense has always been sub par at short.
Either way, if Seager does not overtake Addison Russell in the voting, I think he’s a shoo-in to be selected for the team. Seager should be the only LAD on the all-star team besides Clayton Kershaw. If you want to make a case for Kenley Jansen, that would also work but I’m not going to make that case.