Usually, I try not to feign outrage over All-Star voting, in any sport. It's too easy.

In the case of Brian Dozier being left off the American League All-Star team, at least pending the final five voting for the last spot on the roster, I think puzzlement, if not outrage, is appropriate.

Dozier should be on the team because he fits my criteria for a true All-Star. He has played exceptionally well for at least a calendar year — in Dozier's case, for longer. His numbers offer substance (in the form of extra-base hits, slugging percentage, and runs scored) that outweigh shorthand statistics like batting average. He ranks first among second basemen in slugging percentage, home runs and runs, and second in OPS. And he's excellent in the field, which matters to me because the baseball All-Star Game separates itself from all the others because of defensive intensity and excellence.

Jose Altuve and Jason Kipnis are also excellent second basemen. But if the American League can fit Brock Holt onto the roster, the system erred. Dozier belongs on the team. He's one of the better players in the league.

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