Major League Baseball announced the initial All-Star rosters for the American League and National League on Sunday. The Phillies star was not among the names selected for the NL.
Things can and will change. Injuries to selected players will force the league to announce replacements. As of right now, however, there is no pitcher selected to the NL team who cannot play.
A path to the Midsummer Classic still exists for Wheeler. Pitchers have been known to back out of the All-Star Game because of their workload leading up to the game.
“It would have been a privilege,” Wheeler told reporters, looking visibly disappointed. “But it is what it is. I'll spend time with my family.”
Wheeler has been one of the best pitchers in baseball the last few years. Last year, he was the runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award, which went to Milwaukee Brewers star Corbin Burnes.
This year, the Phillies star has pitched to an 8-4 record in 16 starts. His 2.46 ERA ranks fifth in the National League, and his 1.05 WHIP ranks 10th.
Wheeler signed with the Phillies back in 2019, agreeing to a five-year, $100 million contract. He has pitched his baseball with the Phillies, sporting a combined 2.73 ERA during his time in the City of Brotherly Love.
Prior to the Phillies, Wheeler was with the New York Mets. Wheeler joined the Mets in 2011 as part of the Carlos Beltran trade with the San Francisco Giants.