D-backs’ Christian Walker an MLB All-Star Game snub, still has shot at making roster

Jul 8, 2024, 8:41 AM

Christian Walker, Arizona Diamondbacks 1B...

Christian Walker of the D-backs under the lights against the Dodgers on July 3, 2024. (Felisa Cardenas/Arizona Sports)

(Felisa Cardenas/Arizona Sports)

PHOENIX (AP) — Christian Walker is a two-time Gold Glove winner, helped lead his team to the World Series last season, has hit at least 33 home runs in each of the past two years and is currently on pace for about 40 homers this season.

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ first baseman is also the current Daddy of Dodger Stadium.

But the 33-year-old slugger still hasn’t been selected to an All-Star team. The trend continued on Sunday when Major League Baseball announced the NL and AL teams for the July 16 game in Arlington, Texas.

“It stings a little bit, but it is what it is,” Walker told reporters after Sunday’s win over the Padres. “Those guys deserve it. Nothing but credit to them.”

Later he added: “To be honest, I got the support and the respect of my teammates and my peers and my coaches, and nothing else really matters.”

Walker — who is batting .268 with 22 homers and 64 RBIs this season — is far from the only All-Star snub this season, but he’s among the best current players who has never made it. Other notable omissions from this year’s group include Baltimore’s Ryan Mountcastle, Jordan Westburg and Anthony Santander, Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola, San Diego’s Manny Machado and New York Yankees pitcher Luis Gil.

A few of those players — including Walker — could still find their way to Arlington for the mid-summer showdown.

A handful of current All-Stars, like Mookie Betts and Fernando Tatis Jr., will likely miss the game because of injuries. That means MLB will select replacements in the coming days.

Fans react to Christian Walker being snubbed from the initial 2024 MLB All-Star Game rosters

Arizona Diamondbacks

Druw Jones #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks awaits a pitch during the second inning of the All-Star F...

Arizona Sports

D-backs prospects Druw Jones, Deyvison De Los Santos record RBIs as NL wins All-Star Futures game

Diamondbacks prospects Druw Jones and Deyvison De Los Santos record RBIs in National League's 6-1 win in All-Star Futures game.

2 hours ago

Malcolm Moore...

Arizona Sports

2024 MLB Draft preview: How to watch and prospects the Diamondbacks could target

The 2024 MLB Draft gets underway in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday. Here's a guide of how to watch and who the Diamondbacks could select.

6 hours ago

Yilber Diaz...

Alex Weiner

D-backs’ Yilber Diaz overcomes tremendous odds for MLB dream; ‘You can make a movie out of it’

Diamondbacks prospect Yilber Diaz washed windshields in Peru before receiving a break that would land him in MLB.

8 hours ago

Eugenio Suárez #28 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts after hitting a solo home run against the At...

Bailey Leasure

Torey Lovullo: Eugenio Suarez told me ‘I’m going to be your guy’

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said he never lost confidence in third baseman Eugenio Suarez despite his struggles this season.

9 hours ago

Justin Martinez #63 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pours water on Geraldo Perdomo #2 after Perdomo hit...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Geraldo Perdomo hits walk-off sac fly to beat Blue Jays

The Arizona Diamondbacks walked off the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on a Geraldo Perdomo sacrifice fly to score Corbin Carroll on Friday.

23 hours ago

Starting pitcher Brandon Pfaadt #32 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Atlanta Braves ...

Bailey Leasure

D-backs’ Brandon Pfaadt says postseason experience set him up for success this season

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Pfaadt joined Wolf & Luke to discuss how his 2024 season has gone so far.

24 hours ago

D-backs’ Christian Walker an MLB All-Star Game snub, still has shot at making roster