The Los Angeles Dodgers were the first team to win 50 games for the 2017 MLB season and in return had four players selected to the 2017 All-Star Game when the rosters were announced during ESPN’s All-Star Selection show. However, out of the four selections, none of them were named National League starters.
Although being named an All-Star is a phenomenal achievement for the players, Kenley Jansen blames Dodgers fans for the lack of starters, according to Matthew Moreno of Dodger Blue:
“I’m sorry Dodger fans, but that’s our fault. I think we should’ve voted more to get them in. Same thing with Corey Seager.”
Starters are voted in online by the fans and according to Moreno, Jansen was particularly bothered that Seager and Justin Turner were not named starters:
“JT deserved to be in there. He was an All-Star two years ago, last year, so he deserved to be there. I’ll say it loud and clear again, it’s the Dodger fans’ fault.”
In Seager’s case, he lost the starting job to Zach Cozart, who has statistically put up better numbers this season so far. However, in the eyes of the Dodgers closer, last year was not much different when Addison Russell was named a starter over Seager.
Although the starters have already been named, Dodgers fans still have the opportunity to make Turner an All-Star reserve with the final fan vote. However, the Long Beach native faces tough competition as he is going up against Justin Bour, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rendon and Mark Reynolds.
Turner, who has yet to make an All-Star Game in his eight-year career, has certainly put up well-deserved numbers as he is batting .382/.472/.557 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 59 games, while Seager is hitting .305/.404/.520 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI in 76 games.