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Mike Trout leads in American League All-Star balloting thus far

May 27, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

We talked this morning about how one cannot draw any real conclusions from the results of All-Star balloting. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still look at the voting results and say “huh.” Let’s do that for the American League, shall we?

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Nelson Cruz is within hailing distance of David Ortiz. Melky Cabrera is a distance fifth for outfielders. I can’t say that looks profoundly low for guys of their stature. I’m sure someone will try to draw some conclusions anyway.

  1. ripwarrior - May 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Lol to wieters and jeter leading in their respective positions. It’s time to take away all star voting from the public. Have managers and players vote their peers in.

    • dluxxx - May 27, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Well, now that Mauer isn’t a catcher, someone has to get voted in…

      • strictlythedanks - May 27, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        Kurt Suzuki is having a helluva year

    • stinkfist5 - May 27, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      What’s wrong with Wieters getting the nod? He was having a great year until his elbow issue. Still has better stats than McCann with less at bats, and clearly a much better defender.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 27, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Nah….it’s fine as is. But if they ever wanted to change it up, I wouldn’t mind seeing it weighted with the fan vote counting for 34%, the players 33% and the coaches/managers/GM’s getting the remaining 33%.

    • asimonetti88 - May 27, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      It’s a game for the fans, not the players and managers. Why would they do that?

      • baberuthslegs - May 27, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Because the fans vote as a popularity contest.

      • asimonetti88 - May 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        Again, it’s a game for the fans, if that’s what the fans want, what’s the problem here?

      • nbjays - May 27, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        Because it counts for home field advantage for the World Series, and the players and managers certainly have a stake in that. Take out that aspect and it can be the “All Our Favorite Players” game.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 27, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Why? Derek Norris and Yan Gomez are not exactly house hold names. And Matt Wieters was having a really good year before his DL stint, which was not that long ago. If anything, be offended Brian McCann of .217 average and .04 WAR (Second worst among catchers with 100 PA) is second on the list.

      http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=c&stats=bat&lg=al&qual=100&type=8&season=2014&month=33&season1=2014&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&sort=21,d

      • basedrum777 - May 27, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        And McCann has been excellent behind the plate. Just hasn’t hit yet.

    • basedrum777 - May 27, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      Its a game designed for the fans.

      • weaselpuppy - May 27, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        So, McCann is Alex Avila then?

        Actually, Avila has had a better season. McCann has more HR (7-4) and RBI(22-12), Avila leads everywhere else, including dWAR and CS%.

        Norris should be starting. Suzuki should get some consideration for going too.

        Wieters has a 8% CS rate in 2014, and career hitting numbers equal to Avila’s….same age, came up same year. Interesting to see how overpaid Wieters will end up…

  2. rdillon99 - May 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    5th for Melky is not bad considering the big names that are ahead of him. I expected lower.

  3. ripwarrior - May 27, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    It also seems criminal that markakis hasn’t been to an all star game in his career.

    • 18thstreet - May 27, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      I’m not sure “criminal” is the word you’re looking for. There are many baseball players who have been better than Markakis.

      What am I not seeing here: http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=5930&position=OF

      Help me out.

      • scatterbrian - May 27, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        I agree “criminal” is a bit strong, but here you go: http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=of&stats=bat&lg=al&qual=y&type=8&season=2008&month=0&season1=2008&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0

        Unfortunately he had a crummy May.

      • 18thstreet - May 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        Man, are you related to him or something? A small injustice from 6 seasons ago? Yikes.

      • scatterbrian - May 27, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        You said “Help me out” so I obliged. Next time I won’t bother.

      • 18thstreet - May 27, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        Fair enough.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 27, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      He can afford to buy a ticket like everyone else

    • basedrum777 - May 27, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Yea I love mediocrity in my allstars. That’s why Orioles are allowed to attend.

  4. tc4306 - May 27, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Nary a mention of EE.
    Not surprising and totally unjustified.

  5. paint771 - May 27, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    No Edwin Encarnacion?

    • thomas844 - May 27, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      A lot of the votes were cast before he went on a tear recently. I’m sure his number of votes will drastically spike for the next updated ballot.

  6. Kevin S. - May 27, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I find it hilarious that the Yankees’ only worthy OF candidate is the one with no shot of getting voted in.

    • basedrum777 - May 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      The best candidate and yes he has little chance. Deserves it though.

  7. johnnysoda - May 27, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Stunned that not only is Abreu not first in the first base balloting, he’s not even second!! (facepalm)

    • nbjays - May 27, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      See below… it’s not like Abreu is considerably better than Pujols or Miggy (or Edwin, who isn’t top 5 but should be)

    • bisonaudit - May 27, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      He’s been in the league for a minute and a half. I’d characterize 3rd in the early voting as a pleasant surprise.

  8. nbjays - May 27, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    This has become a joke… Beltran? Ellsbury? McCann? Jeter? What do those four players have in common other than the fact that none of them are top five performers at their respective positions in the AL so far this season? Oh yeah… the magical pinstripes.

    And where is Edwin Encarnacion on the 1B list? He’s having as good or better season than just about everyone on that list, except for BA compared to Miggy.

    Miggy .321/.366/.533, 7 HR, 42 RBI, 143 OPS+, 98 TB, 14 BB/34 K
    Albert .267/.329/.540, 14 HR, 31 RBI, 142 OPS+, 109 TB, 16 BB/26 K
    Abreu .260/.312/.595, 15 HR, 42 RBI, 143 OPS+, 103 TB, 10 BB/50 K
    Davis .260/.388/.488, 7 HR, 25 RBI, 141 OPS+, 60 TB, 22 BB/39 K
    Tex .248/.365/.488, 9 HR, 25 RBI, 134 OPS+, 61 TB, 20 BB/31 K

    Edwin .262/.338/.574, 14 HR, 41 RBI, 146 OPS+, 116 TB, 22 BB/36 K

    This is why the AS vote needs to be taken away from fans and put in the hands of a committee or something, at least as long as it counts toward HFA in the WS, and AS appearances are considered for HoF voting.

    • basedrum777 - May 27, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Yeah because the Bluejays are driving the revenue of the league? STFU.

      The AS game is supposed to be a fan driven exhibition. That it “counts” is bad and should be stopped but its voted on by the fans because they are the ones its for. How about we just stop trying to play baseball in Canada like we should and then we can stop with this bitching?

      Complain that you don’t have more fans. I haven’t voted once and I’m a Yankees season ticket holder.

      • nbjays - May 27, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        Hey, I don’t care if it is a popularity contest if you bill it as such.

        But when you call it “baseball’s best”, and make the home field advantage for the World Series dependent on the result, and when All-Star Game appearances is a considered criteria for Hall of Fame induction, then it should be the best performing players in each league, not the most popular.

        “Drive the revenue of the league”? What a typical Yankee fan response. In fact your whole response is what drives fans of other teams to loathe Yankee fans. Do you actually BELIEVE all the BS you are spouting, or are you just trolling?

      • tc4306 - May 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Never would have guessed you were from New York

      • Shayna - May 27, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        Harry, is that you?

    • asimonetti88 - May 27, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      I’m gonna vote for Texeira because of posts like this.

    • scatterbrian - May 27, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Dude, calm down. This is the first round of vote totals. How about waiting until the final numbers are in before we appoint a committee.

      Side note: check out Brandon Moss.

  9. bisonaudit - May 27, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    I’m not sure why so many people get so bent about this. The rosters are huge and the fans only pick the first 8 position players and the last guy to make the team.

    • 18thstreet - May 28, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      Get with the program, man. You’re supposed to be outraged about it. Here’s a template for your outrage.

      “I can’t believe that [my favorite player], who plays for [a small-market team], isn’t getting more support. He may be not be the best at his position, but he’s better than [the well-known player who plays in a large market]. The fans are so stupid. They should let someone else decide, [like Rick Sutcliffe].”

      Insert exclamation marks as needed.

  10. El Bravo - May 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Derek Jeter currently has the third most votes. Stupid Yankees fans. No offense to the smart ones, but you must be a damned idiot to vote for him as an All-Star SS this year.

    • scatterbrian - May 27, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      I’m pretty sure it’s more than Yankees fans who are voting for Jeter. You know, that whole retiring thing…

  11. yankees218 - May 27, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Are you people really that dense? Why the hell do you think people are voting for Jeter?? It’s his last crack at it and they wanna see him in the all star game. Get over it.

    • strictlythedanks - May 27, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      Drama queen just like derek. We get it, hes retiring. Boohoo, the dudes not even close to an allstar at this point. Very overrated player.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 27, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        Very overrated player.

        Top 5 SS of all time depending on where you put Arod. How exactly is that overrated?

      • nbjays - May 27, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        Because this is the 2014 All-Star Game and not the career ASG. Yes, Jeter has had a great 20-year career, but he’s going into the HoF whether he gets another ASG appearance or not. Let someone who deserves it start the game.

  12. 1998yanks - May 27, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    I’m a die hard Yankees fan. I even named my dog Jeter 13yrs ago. But I have to admit, Jeter doesn’t even belong on the ballot. I don’t care if it is his last year. He has several errors already, hits nothing but choppers in the infield, and hits into countless double plays. The All Star Game should have current stars, not current legends on their way out.

  13. nbjays - May 27, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    So somehow the geniuses who designed the ASG ballot have Edwin Encarnacion as a DH, despite his playing more games at first base this season than Mark Teixeira, Albert Pujols, Chris Davis or Miguel Cabrera. SMH

  14. runninggypsy - May 28, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    Brian Dozier deserves a little more votes than that, he is having one heck of a season!

  15. 18thstreet - May 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    I think MLB should name certain players as team captains as their career achievement awards. I’m not 100 percent sure how this would work, but it would not be the worst thing to have Jeter named to the team by acclamation. They could do it for any player who played more than 15 years and has announced that this is his last season.

    I remember how Ozzie Smith crowded out Barry Larkin for a few years at the end of Ozzie’s career. It was a little troubling that Barry Larkin wasn’t getting the votes, but Ozzie was a beloved player. Larkin got his chance. I’m not seeing how Jeter is crowding out attention or votes from a deserving young shortstop in the AL.

    Here’s a list of the top AL shortstops for the years 2012 to 2014: http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=ss&stats=bat&lg=al&qual=y&type=8&season=2014&month=0&season1=2012&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0

    – Elvis Andrus is having a bad year
    – JJ Hardy has zero homeruns thus far
    – Erick Aybar has an OBP of .300
    – Alexi Ramirez is a good player
    – Jhonny Peralta isn’t in the AL any more
    – Yunel Escobar is a jerk and will never be a fan favorite

    … I could go on, but it’s very hard for me to see Jeter crowding out an obviously deserving player. Alexi Ramirez is the only option I can think of. Someone has to start at shortstop for the American League, and it might as well be Derek Jeter.

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