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All-Star balloting has begun already

Apr 20, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

Really. We’re 12 or 13 games into the season, and you can already vote for All-Stars.  It’s no different than every year, I suppose, but ever year I continue to be shocked that some guys are going to make the mid-summer classic based on stuff they did in the first two or three weeks of the season.

Of course, if the All-Star ballots didn’t go out, both in paper and electronic form, baseball would be deprived of all of those marketing tie-in opportunities.  Which is fine, because everyone is entitled to make a buck.  Just understand that when the lineups are announced and some real head-scratchers appear.

Sometimes the voters truly are dumb about the All-Star ballots. Sometimes they simply don’t have all the information because they’re voting way too early.

  1. Al Pal - Apr 20, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    I continued to be shocked that they allow fans to determine all star teams based completely on what cities have the most people.

  2. Mark - Apr 20, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    So what you’re saying is come July you don’t think Vernon Wells will still be in the running for MVP?

  3. Steve Flack - Apr 20, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    What I hate most is when people do not take the second half of last year into consideration when voting for All-Stars. Then you’re kinda of punishing people for finishing strong, while rewarding others for hot starts.

  4. MetThunder - Apr 20, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    but then teams like Brewers stuff the ballot box too.

  5. Rays fan - Apr 20, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    I’ve always wondered how it is that a drunk baseball fan can manage to select his favorite player on a punch-card ballot and voters in Broward County in 2000 couldn’t.

  6. Charles Gates - Apr 20, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Craig, what’s the earliest you have access to the All Star voting results? Similar to your Monday Power Rankings, it might be fun to ridicule the STD (Season To Date–please start using that acronym) All Stars.
    And the STD All Stars are:
    Nelson Cruz
    Jose Guillen
    Scott Podsednik
    Livan Hernandez
    Ivan Rodriguez

    PS: researching that list, I did happen to notice Brian Matusz leading the AL in K’s…please incorporate next Monday.

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