Off the Record (OTR)

Why fans shouldn't vote in All Star games

I know that major sports leagues want to get the fans involved as much as they can, but can we please draw the line at allowing them to vote for All Stars?

Raul Ibanez is surging in the votes and has taken the lead as the top NL outfielder. Why did he just take the lead? He’s having and MVP, triple-crown type of run this entire season.


But we can pardon that one a little bit. Ibanez is a very nice player and having an excellent season, but you have to follow more than your hometown team to know his name.

The one that really gets us, is that Jimmy Rollins is leading the NL shortstop vote. Are you serious? Talk about voting for the name you recognize on the ballot. Rollins wasn’t dropped to sixth in the lineup on Sunday against the Dodgers because he was kicking major rear end. Rollins is hitting .222 with 3 HR’s and 18 RBI’s. He’ll pick it up at some point, but how can voters ignore the Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez?

You don’t even have to leave the division to find Ramirez, who is hitting .332 with 8 HR’s and 26 RBI’s. Those numbers aren’t even close. Forget the power numbers, he’s flat-out hitting 100 points higher than Rollins. Ridiculous.

Fans should not be allowed to vote and this is absolute proof. No one that knows anything about baseball thinks that Rollins should be rewarded for his play this season.

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