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Fans Shouldn’t Vote for All-Star Game Starters

Posted by Rich Stowe on June 2, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 01: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees smiles after he hit a double in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 1, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when everyone is shown why fans voting for the MLB All-Star Game is one of the worst things in sports, especially since the All-Star game "matters." There are several other issues I have with the All-Star Game and how it’s handled, but for now I’ll just talk about the voting.

In the first release of the All-Star game voting for the American League, six New York Yankees are leading their respective positions, a player that’s played in only nine games all season is in second place for his position (Joe Mauer) while one that’s only played in 20 games is in third place for his position but would be a starter (Josh Hamilton).

Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Russel Martin, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano are all leading their respective positions. Yes, you read that right, Derek Jeter is the leading vote getter for starting short stop for the American League.

Out of those players, only two deserve to be the starter and that’s Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson (with Cano being at least debateable). The rest either shouldn’t be in the discussion at all or at least no better than second. Then, add in the fact that Jorge Posada is third in the Designated Hitter voting and it further proves that fans simply vote for the name or team and nothing else.

Click here to read the rest on Bleacher Report

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