Monday, June 12, 2006

 

The Sub-Star Game

Has anybody looked at the American League All-Star voting recently? If you have a weak stomach, I wouldn't recomend it because I almost yacked. 7 of the 8 starters voted by the fans are on either the Yankees or the Red Sox.

The Yankees vs. Red Sox mania has gotten out of hand. They buy there way to wins each year with the two highest pay rolls in the majors. Now with ESPN every Yankees vs Red Sox game like the rest of the nation cares about games in May and June. Of the 8 Sox vs. Yanks games this year, 7 of them have been nationally telivised on ESPN.

Now we're seeing it in the All-Star voting. The fans voting has turned into a popularity contest and the two teams we see the most are getting the votes. There are many players out there that deserve to play and to start. This kills the credibilty of the All-Star game and makes it a joke that the game decides home field advantage for the World Series.

Here's how some of the starters should be. Note that Joe Mauer and Hank Blalock aren't even in the top 5 in All-Star Voting and Jim Thome isn't even on the ballot.

Catchers Average, RBI's, HR, SB
Vote Leader: Jason Variteck, Bos .259, 29, 6, 1
Should Start: Joe Mauer, Min . 386, 30, 5, 6,

First Base
Vote Leader: David Ortiz, Bos .265, 56, 18, 0
Should Start: Jim Thome, CWS .282, 54, 21, 0

Second Base
Vote Leader: Robinson Cano, NYY .323, 25, 3, 2
Should Start: Robinson Cano, NYY .323, 25, 3, 2

Third Base
Vote Leader: Alex Rodriguez, NYY .283, 45, 13, 6
Should Start: Hank Blalock, Tex .308, 46, 9, 1

Short Stop
Vote Leader: Derek Jeter, NYY .329, 5, 42, 10
Should Start: Miguel Tejada, Bal .332, 15, 49, 2

Outfield
Vote Leaders: Vlad Guerrero, Ana .316, 51, 15, 5
Manny Ramirez, Bos .302, 41, 16, 0
Johnny Dammon, NYY .293, 30, 8, 13

Should Start: Vlad Guerrero, Ana .316, 51, 15, 5
Vernon Wells, Tor .329, 49, 15, 6
Jermaine Dye, CWS .303, 46, 19, 3

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