Rays pitcher Chris Archer took to social media to protest teammate Blake Snell's omission from the American League All-Star roster, saying that players who vote for All-Stars "didn't do our due diligence."
In a video posted Sunday night on his Instagram account, Archer said it was "a joke" that Snell, who has the best ERA in the AL, was not a unanimous All-Star selection.
"Something like that can't happen," Archer said. "He leads the league in ERA. That means he's given up the fewest amount of runs per nine innings out of any starting pitcher in the league. ... Players, coaches, managers -- we have to do a better job with the selection process so we can put the best talent out on the field for the fans in the Midsummer Classic.
"If you didn't have him on your ballot, I hope that next year you take it a little bit more serious and put in the due diligence, because this is important."
Rays manager Kevin Cash feels the left-hander still could end up joining the squad.
"I'm optimistic that things are going to turn out OK for Blake,'' Cash, a member of the AL All-Star coaching staff, said Monday. "A lot of us throughout baseball feel that he's deserving. Saying that, the guys that were selected are also very deserving. It's a product of the system a little bit."
But Snell said Monday that being added to the squad now would not be the same as being an original selection.
"I feel like being an alternate, it's not satisfying,'' Snell said. "I feel like I earned it, but being an alternate, it doesn't feel the same.''
Tampa Bay catcher Wilson Ramos, voted in by the fans as the AL starting catcher, was "really, really mad'' about the snubbing of Snell.
"It's not right,'' Ramos said.
Archer, a two-time All-Star, also posted a message on Instagram that included Snell's statistics and said he is "calling out everyone who didn't take the energy to determine who is most deserving to represent our game in the mid summer classic."
Also, because we vote waaay too early. Could easily punch in our votes on an iPad a couple days before instead of the old school envelope weeks before.— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) July 8, 2018
Snell, 25, is 12-4 with a 2.09 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 116 innings this season. Aside from owning the AL's best ERA among starters, he is tied for second in wins and tied for third in quality starts and opponents' batting average.
Snell called the support he received from teammates "cool.''
"To see all of them having my back, that's special,'' Snell said.
He also received support on Twitter from New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was a guest of Snell's at a Rays game earlier this season and took batting practice wearing Snell's No. 4 jersey.
@snellzilla11 NO I KNOOOO THEY LYIN.... boy u better be on that all star team!!!!! 🤬🤬🤬— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) July 8, 2018
The All-Star Game will be played July 17 in Washington.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.