On Thursday, Major League Baseball announced starters for the 2021 All-Star Game, and one particular snub drew the attention of baseball fans: Baltimore Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins.
Mullins was bested in the American League outfielder voting by Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, Byron Buxton, Teoscar Hernández and Michael Brantley. Some were irate at those results. Take a look:
The Orioles themselves decided to voice their displeasure with Mullins' snub as well. They expressed their outrage via a meme from Spongebob Squarepants:
Mullins’ snub is particularly surprising given how dominant the center fielder has been this season. He leads all AL outfielders in hits, stolen bases, slugging and OPS, and is second in batting average and OBP.
Mullins could’ve been overlooked for a few reasons. MLB uses a fan voting system for the All-Star Game and Baltimore is not as big of a media market as other cities in the AL. Plus, despite Mullins’ performance this season, the Orioles have the worst record in the American League and the second-worst mark in the majors at 27-54, ahead of only Arizona.
Baltimore is coming off a sweep of a three-game series against the Houston Astros. They’ll face the Angels, Blue Jays and White Sox in July before the All-Star break on July 12. Reserve players for each league's All-Star Game roster will be announced Sunday, July 4 at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN.