Is this what we’ve come to? Seriously?
If you vote for All-Star’s based on who’s the biggest name on the list, you shouldn’t be able to vote anymore. The All-Star game starters should be the guys having the best seasons, and exceptions are made in very rare cases. Hence, Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter.
To make the case that there are 5 other players having better seasons, but you’re still voting for someone else has to be a complete joke. If you’re gonna put Mookie Betts in because he’s a huge name, why not just throw Bryce Harper, JT Realmuto, Cody Bellinger, etc in just because they’re big names.
If you’re voting for your favorite players on a team or just in general, I can live with that. If you are a huge Reds fan and every year you try and vote Joey Votto and all Reds players in, I understand that you want to see your favorite players from your favorite team. But to admit that someone is not having the best season and voting them in as one of the best players is just beyond comprehension.
Fan voting just has to change. In another position, NL 3rd base, the voting blows my mind. The finalists are Kris Bryant, Nolan Arenado, and Justin Turner. Austin Riley is in the same stats range as all 3 of them, but had much less votes then the finalists. A week ago, Kris Bryant had 29% of the vote, Arenado had 15%, Justin Turner had 13%, and Riley had 10%. So, the ultimate question, what are the stats that separate these guys? Bryant has a .261 average, 15 homeruns, 41 RBI’s and a .847 OPS. Riley has a .279 average, 13 homeruns, 37 RBI’s, and a .824 OPS. So 2 more homeruns, 3 more RBI’s and hitting .018 lower gets you 19% more of the vote?