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Rays, others come out strong in support of Blake Snell after All-Star snub

Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell,  shown during his last loss on June 14, should have had reason to smile on Sunday. [Associated Press]
Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell, shown during his last loss on June 14, should have had reason to smile on Sunday. [Associated Press]
Published Jul. 9, 2018

We can explain to you the myriad reasons why Rays LHP Blake Snell — despite 12 wins and a league-leading 2.09 ERA  —  was not included on the American League All-Star roster released Sunday night.

And we can tell you how he still has a good chance to be added before the July 17 game.

But that's not going to quell the uproar over his snub, which includes strong comments from some of his Rays mates, players around the league and some others.

Here is a sampling:

From Rays coach Rocco Baldelli:

From Rays teammate Chris Archer:

And via video:

From Rays teammate Jake Faria:

From Rays prospect Brent Honeywell:

From rookie 1B Jake Bauers:

From INF Daniel Robertson:

From former Rays and current broadcaster J.P. Arencibia:

From Rays most famous fan, Dick Vitale:

From former MLB and current analyst Jim Bowden:

From the Rays Triple-A Durham team account:

From Astros starter Justin Verlander, on a flaw in the process:

From Snell's agents: