Major League Baseball has one simple rule about its annual All-Star game and that it states EVERY team must have at least one player representing their respective team.
For the Pittsburgh Pirates, that one player is Josh Bell and he is the SOLE representative for the Bucs. The Buccos have been playing very respectful baseball so far in 2019 and they are in fact still in the race for the division title heading into tonight’s series opener with the first place Chicago Cubs, trailing by just five games.
The All-Star game is a week from tomorrow so Bell will in Cleveland where the game will be played at Progressive Field. One writer believes a Pirate was snubbed for the game.
5 of the biggest 2019 All-Star snubs Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb, theScore.com Major League Baseball's 2019 All-Star Game rosters have been officially announced, and despite the thrill of being selected, there were plenty of players left unhappy in the aftermath of Sunday's reveal. League rules dictate that all 30 teams must have at least one All-Star, and that requirement will always ensure a few names are left out. This year, however, there seem to be more snubs than usual - especially in the American League, where multiple positions are overflowing with talent. With apologies to the litany of players who were deserving of a spot, here are the five biggest snubs after the rosters were announced.
Felipe Vazquez, Pirates As far as pitchers go, Vazquez is the most deserving of an All-Star selection. He's been one of the most dominant relievers in the NL this year, owning a sparkling 1.80 ERA and 241 ERA+, along with a career-best 14.1 K/9 rate. He's tied for third in WAR (1.3), trailing All-Star relievers Kirby Yates and Josh Hader while sitting ahead of another All-Star stopper in Will Smith. Vazquez can probably blame this one on other teams needing a representative, but it should still sting. He deserved to be the second Pirates player in this game.
If you are a Pittsburgh Penguins fan then you are well aware that over the weekend the Pens traded star Phil Kessel to the Arizona Coyotes and in return Pittsburgh gets Alex Galchenyuk and Pierre-Olivier Joseph. The Penguins also sent Dane Birks packing along with a 2021 draft pick in the fourth round.
In the UFC Saturday night, Francis N’Gannou got a gift TKO win over Junior dos Santos. Ignore the headlines that say “knockout” because this was nowhere near a knockout and it only gets a TKO label because referee Herb Dean stopped the fight. dos Santos was not hurt and only because he slipped and then got grazed by a blow from N’Gannou did he go down and then covered up where N’Gannou landed a few harmless blows but because the former heavyweight champion did not defend himself, Dean stopped the fight.
Don’t get me wrong, I think Francis N’Gannou is a legitimate contender but had dos Santos not slipped, we will never know what may have been the result had he been able to continue. dos Santos can pack a punch too but now N’Gannou moves on and wants the winner of the title bout between champion Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic which comes next month in a rematch of their prior title bout.
Miocic already has beaten N’Gannou so Saturday’s winner is probably hoping Cormier can win again, but I think Miocic wins this time.
NBA free agency opened with a bang and the Brooklyn Nets are probably the biggest benefactors so far getting Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan under contract. New York City used to belong to the Knicks but now they have been way overshadowed by the Nets who came into the Big Apple from New Jersey a few seasons back and have stolen the spotlight. The Knicks have been one of the worst teams in the league and I’m sure that doesn’t make Spike Lee happy.
The Knicks were supposed to be going after Durant and their failure to land him made ESPN regular Stephen A. Smith scratch his head when he commented:
“How stupid can you be as an organization?”
Ready for some baseball stupidity? I remember the days when Bobby Bonilla and Barry Bonds were smashing baseballs for the Pittsburgh Pirates but many Buccos fans will never forgive the duo for their failure to advance Pittsburgh to the World Series when the Pirates were ever so close in reaching the National League championship series every year from 1990 through 1992. Bonilla would play for eight different teams from 1986 until he quit in 2001. But the former Pirates, Mets, Marlins, Orioles, Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers, White Sox player gets the last laugh. That’s because the Mets had signed him to a contract that was deferred until the year 2035.
What that means is they must pay him every July 1 a whopping $1,193,248.20 until 2035 comes around. How ridiculous is that. Of course Bonilla now has to do NOTHING with his life but enjoy his millions. Darry Strawberry has a similar contract from the Mets that is good until 2033 and pays him $1.64 million. The deal has become such a joke that writers now refer to July 1 as “Bobby Bonilla Day.” Way to go New York. First the Mets and a stupid contract and now the Knicks haplessly acting like an NBA franchise. Bonilla is now 56 years old if you can believe that.
Finally for today, last Friday the U.S. women’s soccer team knocked of host France and had advanced to a semi-final matchup against England tomorrow afternoon at 3:00. The winner advances to the World Cup final on Sunday facing the winner of Netherlands and Sweden.