It’s no secret that All Star voting is an outrageous sham. Uninformed masses stuff the ballot box with votes cast for washed up stars and players who’ve spent the majority of the season on the DL. I freely admit I don’t know everything about every player. But MLB puts all the stats right in your face on the ballot, morons. Perhaps this is a naïve idea, but I vote for the player with the best numbers. The only time I go homer is when the Tiger player has numbers that are legitimately competitive. In a close race, I vote Tigers.
Here are my selections for the 2011 All Star team. I would love to hear some of your picks.
Yes, I realize that Paul Konerko and Adrian Gonzalez have monster numbers. Miggy’s OPS is 1.004. Gonzalez’ is .977 and Konerko’s is .953. Cabrera and Konerko have identical SLG at .563. My vote goes to the Puma. He’s one of the best players in both leagues, and deserves an All Star start.
A little thin at second base this year. Ben Zobrist was Cano’s main competition. Hate to put a vote in for the evil empire, but I don’t controvert the numbers.
Sigh. I wanted to vote for Jhonny Peralta. It was pretty close, but Cabrera has 9 stolen bases to Peralta’s 0. Peralta has out-played my expectations for him. By far. As much as I wanted to, I couldn’t pull the trigger for Jhonny, although I’m happy he’s doing so well in the voting.
Because I can’t vote for Alex Rodriguez. Period. I have my limits. A-Rod is one of them.
The Beard is a surprise selection, but is totally deserving. Hope the kid wins a starting spot.
I’m not gonna lie. I somehow did not realize that Papi has been putting together such a monster season. My ignorance shames me. But he gets my vote, so maybe that makes up for it?
Two former Tigers here, and it’s not because I’m harboring love. These two have got the goods.
It was tough to choose between Fielder and Votto. The big fella gets the nod.
Dang it. I hate the Brewers. This should impress the purity of my vote upon you.
He’s fun to watch. I want him on the Tigers.
Again, not just an “Always a Tiger” vote. He’s tearing it up. Happy for him. Sad for us.
Haven’t really seen him play. His numbers stand out.
Because I like Hunter Pence. Not sure why though.
Now, may the Tigers not tank after the All Star Game this year. And here's to a two-hit complete game for Justin Verlander, and standing alone in first place!