Wednesday, June 21, 2006

All Star Voting

I think voting for the all stars is a good thing. It keeps club and media politics in perspective and allows the fans a chance to vote for the players who they want to see on this (not so important) day. But sometimes the voting just doesn't make any sense at all. I realize that some fans vote for 'their' players just because they are on their team. But let's be a little bit realistic about this.

Here's the current voting for outfielders in the American League.
1. Vladimir Guerrero, Angels 1,518,276
2. Manny Ramirez, Red Sox 1,477,626
3. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners 996,148
4. Johnny Damon, Yankees 956,595
5. Vernon Wells, Blue Jays 752,422
6. Jermaine Dye, White Sox 598,441
7. Gary Sheffield, Yankees 535,564
8. Torii Hunter, Twins 509,722
9. Scott Podsednik, White Sox 508,210
10. Coco Crisp, Red Sox 481,612
11. Trot Nixon, Red Sox 437,693
12. Magglio Ordonez, Tigers 427,319
13. Hideki Matsui, Yankees 425,894
14. Grady Sizemore, Indians 392,102
15. Jonny Gomes, Devil Rays 272,381

Notice something stragne about the voting? Specifically about Red Sox players? And no, I'm not talking about Manny Ramirez. He's a perennial All-Star caliber player and even with a slow start, he deserves to be near the top.

No, I'm talking about Coco Crisp at number 10 and Trot Nixon at number 11. I understand why they're there, but this is ridiculous. Despite being a Red Sox fan, I'm not blind to reality, either. And neither of these players deserve to be anywhere near this list.

I realize that the Yankees and Red Sox have a great fan base who tend to vote more because they are more involved in their teams. But please go vote for the best players who deserve to be on this list. Just be a little bit realistic.

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