MLB Stuffing The Ballot Box
The 2013 All-Star game is on July 16th and will feature the best Major League Baseball players or will it? I remember when I was a little kid going to Dodger Stadium and voting for my favorite player. At the ballpark I would grab a ballot, fill it out, turn it in and wait to see if the players that I chose would be selected to the All-Star game. Things are now very different.
You can, and have been able to for many years, vote online. If you can’t make it out to a baseball game then online voting takes care of that problem expect for the fact that MLB now allows you to stuff the ballot box. You now have the ability to vote 35x! Because of this unique situation, are the selected All-Stars really the best baseball has to offer?
Taking a look at the voting leaders in both leagues (below), it’s quite obvious that the best players are not getting the most votes. Fans are voting with their hearts rather than taking the time to think about their selection. Not the biggest problem but when you do it 35x it becomes one. You may be saying to yourself ”what’s the big deal?”.
There are many players who have incentives in their contracts that will pay them a bonus if they are selected to the All-Star game. Having fans vote 35x can impact this and take away a bonus that a player has earned.
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|NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING
(as of June 4)CATCHER
1. Buster Posey, Giants: 1,275,956
2. Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 938,911
3. John Buck, Mets: 523,843
4. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers: 313,574
5. Brian McCann, Braves: 285,600
AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING
(as of June 3)