Adding Geraldo Perdomo to the All-Star Game is a slap in the face to this Reds rookie

The disrespect shown to the Cincinnati Reds rookie class is getting ridiculous.

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Matt McLain
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Matt McLain / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

Major League Baseball announced on Friday that Arizona Diamondbacks middle infielder Geraldo Perdomo has replaced Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson on the National League All-Star roster. Perdomo now joins the Braves Orlando Arcia as the two shortstops on the NL roster.

The Athletics' Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the decision was made as a result of player balloting.

Quite frankly, the decision is wrong, and it's a ridiculous slap in the face to one of the best players on the Cincinnati Reds roster.

Adding Geraldo Perdomo to the All-Star Game is a slap in the face to Reds rookie Matt McLain.

Matt McLain has been one of the best shortstops, not just in the National League, but all of Major League Baseball since his promotion to the big leauge roster on May 15th. McLain ranks second amongst shortstops in the National League in batting average and on-base percentage, while leading in OPS and slugging percentage.

McLain leads Geraldo Perdomo in almost every meaningful category, despite having less at bats. The Cincinnati Reds shortstop leads Perdomo in batting average, slugging percentage, and OPS, while also tallying more doubles, triples, and home runs than the D-backs' infielder.

Honestly, McLain had an argument to start the game for the National League in this year's All-Star Game, as he was neck and neck with both Dansby Swanson and Orlando Arcia in many statistical categories. Ultimately, the Reds rookie was unable to catch them in the fan voting.

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game isn't the end all, be all and won't ultimately effect how Matt McLain is able to finish his rookie season. But it's important to recognize a player for their efforts. Had Francisco Lindor been added to the roster over McLain, there'd be less room for argument.

Geraldo Perdomo is having a great season after a rough 2022, and his bounce back this season and being named to the 2023 All-Star Game is one of the more heartwarming stories of perseverance in the majors this year. But McLain deserved the vacated spot on the NL roster, not Perdomo.

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