Colorado Rockies: A look at All-Star snubs throughout their history

DENVER, CO - JUNE 19: Adam Ottavino #0 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the New York Mets in the seventh inning of a game at Coors Field on June 19, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 19: Adam Ottavino #0 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the New York Mets in the seventh inning of a game at Coors Field on June 19, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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2016

In 2016, the Rockies had two All Stars in Carlos Gonzalez, who started in left field, and Nolan Arenado.

The Rockies, per usual, had some players that were worthy of being an All Star.

One of them was Charlie Blackmon, who put up yet another good first half.

First or Second Half
Split G PA AB R H 2B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip sOPS+
1st Half 75 336 300 51 93 15 12 43 10 26 49 .310 .374 .493 .868 .336 134

Another Rockie that was snubbed was rookie shortstop Trevor Story who, had he been able to stay healthy, would have probably won the NL Rookie of the Year award.

First or Second Half
Split G PA AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1st Half 81 354 319 52 83 20 21 57 29 114 .260 .329 .545 .874 .335 93 132

His double play partner, DJ LeMahieu, was also snubbed after posting these numbers in the first half of the season.

First or Second Half
Split G PA AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1st Half 80 338 296 53 99 21 5 32 31 46 .334 .398 .490 .887 .379 95 140

2017

Last season, the Rockies started off the season red hot and, as a result, the Rockies had four All Stars, which is the most in their franchise history.

The name that you probably remember the most in being snubbed is Mark Reynolds, as he was one of the final five players on the NL Final Vote.

Here’s what his first half of the season looked like.

First or Second Half
Split G PA AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1st Half 85 354 306 52 87 11 19 61 46 101 .284 .379 .513 .892 .364 113 138

Another guy that could have been an All Star was reliever Chris Rusin. Even though it may not seem like it now since he has struggled a lot in 2018, he was much better in the first half of 2017.

First or Second Half — Game-Level
Split W L W-L% ERA G GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP SO9 SO/W
1st Half 3 0 1.000 2.30 33 5 1 47.0 32 13 12 3 13 35 0.957 6.7 2.69
First or Second Half
Split G PA AB R H 2B HR BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1st Half 33 181 166 13 32 4 3 .193 .254 .283 .537 .225 68 45

More from Colorado Rockies History

Final Thoughts

As you can see throughout our extensive look at the Rockies and their snubs, there’s at least one player every year that is looked over.

Whether or not that’s because Denver is not New York City, Boston, or LA, just an ignorance of how to quantify stats in relation to all the other parks (be it for a lack of stats/info 10+ years ago or now), or just other players being better in the NL that year, Kyle Freeland and Adam Ottavino being left off the All Star Game roster is an oversight.

Next: What worked for the Rockies in 2018 before the All Star break?

For me, personally, I think it’s a little of all of the above.

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