Originally posted by Niners99:
Donaldson got snubbed, but he has 2 things working against him. As much as fans like to believe its all about play from April through June, theres a veteran advantage. Donaldson is new to the "all-star caliber player" club. Plus Cabrera and Machado being on the team already blocked him. Plus Beltre was left off, and he deserves it more, so while he was snubbed, there were 3 3B more deserving.
The beef should really be Leyland picking Torii Hunter and Jhonny Peralta.
Cabrera was more deserving, no doubt about that. The other 2 had great first halves along with Donaldson but I don't think the other 2 were more deserving
Donaldson has been lights out defensively, along with the other 2.
Donaldson has the highest BA out of the 3, although it's just a single digit difference.
Donaldson has 9 more HRs than Machado, Beltre has 2 more than Donaldson.
Donaldson has a OBP of .386, 42 points higher than Machado, 32 more than Beltre.
Donaldson has the highest Slugging % out of the 3.
Only thing Machado has over Donaldson is doubles, which is irrelevant since Donaldson has nearly 3 times the HRs he has.
Only thing Beltre has over Donaldson is 2 more HRs, which isn't much.
I think the hype of Machado being just 21 and a young phenom is what overshadows Donaldson, and the fact that Beltre's done it the last 10 years does the same.
But the bottom line is the A's are the 1 win away from having the best record in all of baseball, and Donaldson is a huge huge reason why. He's been the MVP of the team so far, easily. It's a shame he's not on the all star team.