MLB: The 25 best MLB players never to make an All-Star game

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: Mayor Muriel Bowser and MLB Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred unveil the logo for the 2018 All Star Game that will be held at Nationals Park next year before the start of the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers game on July 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: Mayor Muriel Bowser and MLB Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred unveil the logo for the 2018 All Star Game that will be held at Nationals Park next year before the start of the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers game on July 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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Jim Gantner
Jim Gantner #17 (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /

Best players to never make an MLB All-Star roster: 15. Jim Gantner

Stats:

  • 1,696 hits
  • 47 home runs
  • .274 batting average

The 1970s and 80s were a much different time. The gaudy stats weren’t as prevalent. Impact on an overall ball game was the most important measuring stick of a player’s greatness. Or so it seemed.

Jim Gantner was consistent in terms of his effort, ability to get on base and register a crucial hit. At first glance, his All-Star credentials appear poor. Only once did Gantner put together a season of double-digit home runs. He also registered at least 70 RBIs only once as well. His slugging percentage and on base percentage weren’t eye-catching but that was 80s baseball.

In 1983, the same season in which he put together a career-best 11 homers, he seemed to be an All-Star game lock. By the time the teams were selected, Gantner had registered seven on the year. Yet, he was passed up in the voting by a player named Manny Trillo. If you thought Gantner’s seven home runs were bad then get this, Trillo, didn’t record a single home run at the time, but still got the nod over Gantner.

For the duration of his career, Gantner would continue to experience All-Star snubs, despite putting up better stats than his counterparts. Maybe Gantner shouldn’t have made an All-Star squad in retrospect but compared to his competition, he was more than deserving.