True or false?…….the American people elect the President of the United States.
If you answered false, you are correct. The election of a President is determined by the number of electoral votes – not popular votes. As recently as the 2000 election, Al Gore received more popular votes than George W Bush but lost the election when the Supreme Court granted Bush Florida’s electoral votes.
So much for our history lesson…….but the point is relevant as we look at this year’s MLB All Star Fan Vote as of today.
If the current results hold, the Kansas City Royals could field two-thirds of the starters in the American League – and Omar Infante would be the starting second baseman over
Jose Altuve – even though he’s struggling to keep his batting average above .220 while Altuve peppers the field with base hits every day. And for that matter, a vote for Joe Panik of the Giants over Altuve would have merit……..but Infante???
But don’t blame the Kansas City fans. They got the memo from MLB that said “Vote early and vote often”. They’re just playing by the rules and having a fun time doing it .
Still, it’s an embarrassment to baseball that needs an adjustment. Regrettably, many fans appear to be voting with their hearts – not their head. As an example, when I cast my ballot my heart said to vote for Mark Texieria as a fan of the Yankees. To be sure, he’s having a monster year and my vote would have merit. But my head took over and Miguel Cabrera clearly deserves the spot at first base.
A better system might be to have the players elect the starters and then have the fans fill out the rest of the team in the spirit of democracy. After all, who knows better than the players who is deserving of this honor? The All Star Game is diminished enough already……we don’t need to make it worse by “electing” our home town favorites when others are clearly more credible as true All Stars. If we don’t get more serious about this privilege, you can bet MLB will act sooner rather than later taking the vote away from fans like you and me.