Today is April 22. Baseball season is less than three weeks old. Yet MLB has already launched the online All Star ballot.
How ridiculous is it that All-Star voting begins this early? Well, just look at some of the guys who would deserve to make the team if the game happened today.
Your starting second baseman for the National League All Stars wouldn’t be Chase Utley. It would be Casey McGehee of the Milwaukee Brewers.
In left field for the American League team you wouldn’t find Carl Crawford or Juan Rivera. Nope, that position would be manned by Scott Podsednik of the Kansas City Royals.
Call me crazy if you want, but I don’t think that Ivan Rodriguez is going to hit .444 for the rest of the season or that Dan Uggla and Albert Pujols will continue to drive in the same number of runs.
If fans are actually supposed to vote for All Stars based on how they perform, and not on which players are popular, it makes no sense for voting to start only three weeks after the season begins.
Unless of course you think Mike Pelfrey and Casey Jansenn are actually going to be the starting pitchers for the two leagues. In that case, let the voting begin!