Baseball Fans Aren’t Sure How To Feel After Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera Get Honorary All-Star Bids

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Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera are two surefire, likely first-ballot Baseball Hall of Famers.

The duo has combined for nearly 1,200 home runs in their respective careers and a grand total of 4,003 career RBI. But neither has had a particularly impressive 2022 season. Which isn’t unsurprising, considering Pujols is 42 years old and Cabrera 39. But that’s what’s got baseball fans so conflicted after both were named honorary MLB All-Stars by commissioner Rob Manfred.

So far this season, Cabrera has been solid with a .308 average, 31 RBI and three home runs in 70 games. But Pujols has been downright unplayable. He’s batting just .200 with four homers and 18 RBI in 45 games played. The pair is very clearly going in due to prior accolades. Which makes sense for Pujols, who is retiring at the end of the year. But Cabrera is expected to play through the end of his contract in 2023.

The new Major League Baseball collective bargaining agreement allows for their inclusion. But not every fan seemed to think they deserved the honor. A number of baseball fans felt the inclusions lessened the prestige of the All-Star Game.

Though a number of fans were also happy to see two legends of the game get their flowers.

Pujols and Cabrera are two legends of the game who defined an era, so their inclusion seems to make plenty of sense. While neither is the player they were in their prime, the All-Star Game is above all else an exhibition and a chance for fans to see something special. Who knows, maybe they’ll even have a say in the outcome like legends before them.