Atlanta Braves fans can finally rejoice! Austin Riley is no longer the biggest All-Star Game snub of the year. The Braves slugger has now been added to the National League roster to replace Nolan Arenado of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Riley failed to make the All-Star lineup via fan balloting. He was previously overlooked by the MLB when he announced a replacement for the injured Bryce Harper.
That decision was not well received by fans and exposed a flawed All-Star selection process. Riley is an MVP candidate whose current slash is .282/.345/.568. He has 26 home runs to his name in 2022 – the second most this season.
However, Arenado’s decision to withdraw due to a sore shoulder gave the MLB committee another chance to correct their mistake. Finally Austin Riley is an All-Star.
The Braves now have more reason to celebrate. It will be the first time since 2011 that Atlanta will attend the Midsummer Classic with five representatives. Well, now make it six.
Riley is joined by his teammates Ronald Acuna Jr., William Contreras, Travis d’Arnaud, Dansby Swanson and Max Fried.
Prior to the Braves’ game against the Washington Nationals, Riley expressed his gratitude for finally being recognized as an All-Star.
“Definitely excited. That’s about as plain and simple as you can put it… It’s something you look forward to and try to achieve, and to go, I’m super grateful” – Austin Riley
Riley couldn’t contain his delight.
MLB Twitter is buzzing with Austin Riley
If the support for a decision is unanimous, then of course it is the right one. Not just Braves fans, but fans of the MLB in general are absolutely delighted with Austin Riley.
Based on his performance since his breakthrough in 2021, an All-Star call-up was long overdue.
League commissioner Rob Manfred and the MLB commission as a whole had come under fire for Riley’s stupidity. With Riley’s long-awaited admissions officer, confidence in the governing body can now be restored.
The outpouring of love and support for Riley continued, and it’s heartwarming to watch.
Riley isn’t the only last-minute change to the NL All-Star lineup. Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed Tyler Anderson replaced Carlos Rodon of the San Francisco Giants. San Diego Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth also replaced the Miami Marlins’ Jazz Chisholm Jr.
Edited by Jodi Whisenhunt