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Rays 'disappointed' by Snell's All-Star omission

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Most in the Rays' clubhouse feel as though Blake Snell got the short end of the stick by not getting named to the American League All-Star team.

Snell's numbers back that contention: The lefty leads the AL with a 2.09 ERA, and he's second in wins with 12.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Most in the Rays' clubhouse feel as though Blake Snell got the short end of the stick by not getting named to the American League All-Star team.

Snell's numbers back that contention: The lefty leads the AL with a 2.09 ERA, and he's second in wins with 12.

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"Disappointed, in fairness," said Rays manager Kevin Cash, when asked about the omission. "But I'm optimistic things will work out OK for Blake. I think there's a lot of us throughout baseball who feel that he's deserving. I don't think I need to sit here and defend him. He defends himself by what he does every fifth day for us.

"Saying that, the guys who were selected were very deserving. It's a product of the system a little bit, and there's nothing more than to support Blake throughout this."

Video: TB@NYM: Snell K's 9, twirls 7 1/3 shutout innings

Snell's initial reaction was frustration.

"I was frustrated, for sure," Snell said. "I thought I made a good case for myself."

Snell will likely find a spot on the team as an alternate, and was asked if there would be a difference in feel if he made the team in that fashion.

"Being an alternate is not as satisfying," he said.

Snell noted that it has been nice how many people have rallied to his defense.

"Yeah, that was cool," Snell said. "Teammates, family, friends, people I don't even know. To see all of them have my back when I really didn't know that many people knew who I was. That's special to me. But just to see how many people reached out to me, text message, direct message, everything. It was overwhelming.

"It was special for me to see all the people care. They really do want the elite, the best of the best to play in this game, and they thought that I should have been a part of it as much as I thought so. To see that was very special. I'm really appreciative of everybody who did that."

Worth noting
Wilson Ramos is excited about playing in the 2018 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, and in particular, at the ballpark where he once played for the Washington Nationals.

"I got good memories in that stadium with those fans," Ramos said. "When we played there a couple of weeks, that was very loud. They shout my name. So it's going to be very exciting for me to hear that again."

Video: Ramos lands a spot in the 2018 All-Star Game

Rumors are circulating that Ramos will return to the Nationals in a trade prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Ramos was asked if the prospect of returning to the Nationals had crossed his mind.

"I don't want to think about that right now," Ramos said. "Just try to do my best here. I know this is a business ... but I got good memories over there, and all those fans like, so much, and probably if I get traded to there, it going to be fun to be back there and play for them again."

• Dr. Ken Ravizza, a Cal State-Fullerton professor and one of the nation's leading sports psychologists, died Sunday night at the age of 70. Ravizza once worked with many of the Rays players when Joe Maddon managed the team. Cash began his Monday pregame remarks to reporters by talking about Ravizza.

"Start off by talking about Ken Ravizza and the tragic news of his passing," Cash said. "Had a big impact, obviously with the Rays' organization, Joe Maddon's staff. I knew him very briefly, but a lot of players were impacted by him here and throughout baseball. Sad loss for baseball, we wish nothing but the best for his family, his friends, pretty tragic."

Video: MLB Tonight remembers sports psychologist Ken Ravizza

• Tuesday, the Rays will put on display their renderings for their potential stadium in Ybor City.

In January 2016, the Rays were granted permission to look for potential stadium sites in the Tampa Bay area. In October, the Rays announced that Ybor City would be their preferred site.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2004.

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