3 Mariners make All-Star squad; fans could help Segura make roster

    Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura throws the ball to second from the ground to force out Kansas City Royals' Whit Merrifield during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 29, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

    The Major League Baseball All-Star lineup is here, and for once, the Mariners are good (57-34) and not just filling the league quota of one player from every team.

    Three standout Mariners made the squad this year: relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (2.35 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 75 strikeouts in 46 innings), right fielder Mitch Haniger (.271 AVG, 17 HR, 45 R, 62 RBI, .357 OBP and .847 OPS) and designated hitter Nelson Cruz (.267 AVG, 22 HR, 39 R, 53 RBI, .361 OBP and .909 OPS).

    The All-Star Game takes place July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

    Both Haniger and Cruz were picked as reserves, not voted in as starters. Players, managers and fans all contribute to the reserve selections.

    But two snubs on the Mariners stand out: starting pitcher James Paxton and shortstop Jean Segura.

    Lookout Landing says the overlooking of Paxton may be due to the rules about collecting at least one representative from each team. José Berríos was the Twins' sole selection and Joe Jiménez was picked from the Tigers, even though Paxton boasts better stats than both. The 29-year-old is 8-3 this year over 19 games started, with a 3.49 ERA, 2 complete games and a May 9 no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays on their turf.

    Segura is another notable absence from the team, though he faced stacked competition at shortstop. However, he boasts the third-highest batting average in the American League at .330, trailing only All-Stars Jose Altuve out of Houston and Boston' Mookie Betts. He's also second in the American League in hits at 115. However, he was overshadowed by starter Manny Machado from Baltimore and reserve pick Francisco Lindor out of Cleveland.

    But there's another chance for Segura. He's made it to the Final Vote ballot, where fans can vote for a 34th roster spot an unlimited number of times among a slate of players suggested by the league team managers.

    Segura joins four other players eligible to escape a snub, but you know who to vote for.

    Fans can vote for Segura until 1 p.m. PST Wednesday.

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