Diamondbacks All-Time All-Star snubs
With the MLB All-Star Game rosters having been recently announced - congrats Joe Mantiply - it got me thinking about past Diamondback all-stars, and also players who should’ve been at some point.
So, while national sports sites are publishing their articles about who was snubbed this year,
Here is a list of my all-time Dbacks all-star snubs.
No. 10 - Christian Walker
While his batting average is low and the Diamondbacks aren’t high in the standings, Walker has hit 21 home runs so far this season, which is fourth in the National League.
There wasn’t necessarily an obvious All-Star for the Dbacks this year, but it could have been Walker if the first base position in the NL wasn’t stacked.
No. 9 - Aaron Hill
While he was an All-Star with Toronto, you could argue he should have been in Arizona as well.
Hill won a Silver Slugger award in 2012 at second base, tallying 26 home runs and 85 RBI. Not mind-blowing numbers, but if he won a Silver Slugger, he could have been named an All-Star too.
No. 8 - Gerardo Parra
While he wasn’t the most outstanding offensive right fielder, Parra was a stud defensively.
He won a Gold Glove in 2011, following it up with a second in 2013 when he was also named a Fielding Bible recipient and the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year.
With his defensive acumen, Parra should have made at least one All-Star team during his six-year stint in the desert.
No. 7 - Stephen Drew
The Diamondbacks' all-time leader in triples (52), Drew’s best chance at an All-Star selection was during the 2008 season.
During that season, he notched career highs in both home runs (21) and RBI (67), even receiving MVP votes. It only stands to reason that if you garner MVP votes, you have a decent case for an All-Star nod.
No. 6 - Nick Ahmed
Another argument for a solid defensive player, Ahmed’s offensive numbers have never been prolific - his career-high in home runs is just 19 - but he has been rewarded for his skills on the defensive side.
In 2018 Ahmed received a Gold Glove award and followed it up the next year with both a Gold Glove and Fielding Bible. Great offensively? No. But perhaps an All-Star-worthy defender? You could make the case.