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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Kirk Gibson
Kirk Gibson (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for Shinola) /

Best players to never make an MLB All-Star roster: 4. Kirk Gibson

Stats: 

  • 1,553 hits
  • 255 home runs
  • .268 batting percentage

In some cases, the reasoning behind an MLB player not making the All-Star game is somewhat understandable but when it comes to Kirk Gibson, things simply don’t add up.

While he never put up truly gaudy numbers, Gibson was always consistent and reliable. For five straight seasons, the long-time Detroit Tigers outfielder knocked at least 25 balls out of the park. Of all his stellar seasons, Gibson’s best came in 1988. He registered 25 homers, stole a ridiculous 31 bases and batted a career-best .290. Those numbers not only landed him the AL MVP award but it also helped lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a World Series after they racked up 97 wins on the year.

Gibson was also a part of a Detroit team that also won it all four years prior in 1984. The San Diego Padres hated seeing Gibson make his way to the plate. During their five-game series, he batted .333, stole four bases, drove in seven runs and crushed the ball out of the park twice.

Gibson’s chances of making the All-Star team were essentially in the mid to late 1980s. Once the beginning of the 90s came rolling around, injuries turned him into a shelf of his former self for the rest of his career.