The All-Star system is flawed at the very least. No Dodgers players made the NL roster as a starter after an ill-conceived second round of voting saw Freddie Freeman overtake Max Muncy as the leading vote-getter at first base. I’ll skip the long-winded explanation of the flawed voting system in 2021 and cut to the headline.
Kenley Jansen isn’t quite happy with All-Star status.
According to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, Jansen went through a range of emotions and reactions to his snub.
Shocked … Insulted. To me — honestly. Listen, I went through a lot of disappointment (over it), but at the end, I was laughing more about it. I guess you have to put up a 0.00 ERA with zero blown saves … [Craig] Kimbrel? Really good. [Josh] Hader? Really good. But come on, man. I’ve been doing this for a really long time. I guess people these days fall in love with excitement, with hype, with 100 mph. Or you’ve just got to be the leader in saves to be in the All-Star Game.
The All-Star nomination structure has been flawed for pitchers for a long time. That has remained completely out of the hands of fans. Usually, the Dodgers get recognition from peers when it comes to the pitching staff. Incidentally, this LA staff leads baseball in team ERA.
However, MLB has opted for a league office-led approach this season, with pitchers and reserve players determined through a combination of Player Ballot choices and selections made by the Commissioner’s Office. And we already know how well the commissioner’s office performs its duties…
The Dodgers were shut out on All-Star pitchers for the first time since 2008.
Kenley Jansen has absolutely had an All-Star-worthy campaign in 2021. As has starter Walker Buehler. Even Clayton Kershaw should have had some consideration. But to have not a single Dodger arm on the initial iteration of the roster? It’s disappointing indeed.
To me, it’s a shocker. Not just me. We have the best ERA in the game and not Walker? Zero pitchers?
The three-time All-Star has had a career renaissance in 2021. He’s pitched to a 1.30 ERA with 21 saves in 34 games. The 1.30 ERA is the lowest of his career as a full-time big leaguer. He’ll still likely receive an All-Star nod before it’s all said and done one week from today. But being third on the call list has its sting for sure.
Ultimately, Kenley isn’t worried about the All-Star nod.
You feel insulted then you move on because at the end of the day I didn’t work my (butt) off to be an All-Star. I worked my (butt) off to help my team, to maybe throw the last pitch of the postseason.
It’s all about that attitude right there.