Voting for baseball’s All-Star team used to involve going to a game and then, between innings, punching out the chads next to the player you thought was best at his position. But then some of the voting went online. This year all of the voting is online. You don’t have to go to a game and you get to vote up to 35 times.
So fans of the Kansas City Royals (the team that first got me interested in baseball) have been stuffing the virtual ballot box. Yes, the Royals are having a great year. But that doesn’t mean all of its starters are the best at their positions. And yet, as of last week, the voting would mean that Royals players would start at all positions in the All-Star game except for one slot in the outfield, which is being taken by Angels superstar Mike Trout.
Now it’s likely that fans of bigger-market teams might wake up to what is happening and vote their players in. But, people, you are supposed to vote for the best player, not just vote for the members of your team! [Read more…]