61 of the 64 men who will be traveling to DC in one week to represent their teams in the 2018 All Star Game have been revealed. Thanks to the horrid system of letting the fans/players choose who the best players are, several of the names on the ballot simply don’t belong, while other deserving all-stars will be watching the game from home on the couch.
Prior to 2017, fans had the power to choose the starting lineups, while the pitchers and reserves were determined by the All-Star Game managers. Over the past two seasons, the rules have changed so players instead vote their teammates (or opponents) for the pitching / reserve roles. Despite the lackadaisical effort from MLB to improve it’s voting system, the results haven’t changed.
Unfortunately, the idea of the wrong choices being made isn’t really anything new. More often than not, fans and players alike can’t be trusted to prevent their own personal bias/lack of awareness when voting. However, this year there seems to have been a louder outcry from both parties agreeing that something isn’t right.
Moments after the lineups were revealed, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer took to social media, preaching that his teammate Blake Snell deserves to be on that lineup just as much as anyone.
American League ERA leader Blake Snell wasn't named an All-Star, and Rays teammate @ChrisArcher22 is calling for everyone involved in the selection process to do a better job pic.twitter.com/3U2QfmQOlB
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 9, 2018
Archer isn’t wrong. The fact that the ace pitcher on one of the best pitching staffs in baseball, who himself owns the leagues best ERA of 2.09, wasn’t named an All Star is a joke. Blake Snell is one of many players robbed of being recognized as one of the best in today’s game, but it stings a little more that he was robbed by his own major league peers and not the 13 year old fans at home.
Mitch Moreland should be in for Jose Abreu, JT Realmuto should be in for Wilson Contreras, and there’s a LONG list of players more deserving than DC-native Bryce Harper, and all of that is on the fans. However, it’s the players who are to blame for sending guys like Ozzie Albies, Charlie Blackmon, and freaking George Springer over marginally better players such as Andrew Benintendi, Max Muncy, or Brandon Nimmo. The list of snubs can go on and on, year after year.
The other part of the problem that frequently goes unnoticed is the timeframe . There’s too much time given for fans to vote. Fans have the opportunity to choose who the best players are over the course of an entire month! Well, crazy thing is, the best players at each position can change in that timeframe. When fan voting opened, guys like Jose Abreu and Bryce Harper were deserving to be in the running for the ASG, but a month later and it’s laughable that they made it. But, because people voted just as much in June as they did in July, those guys made it. It works the opposite way too, where guys like Javier Baez weren’t originally deserving to make the roster, but had a good month of baseball and now are better suited to be on the roster.
TRUE. Why are you using that outdated system?? At the time of the vote he had 9 wins and 2.3 era https://t.co/4mwXRV7fhb
— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher22) July 9, 2018
When former All-Stars and even MVP’s are complaining, something’s wrong. It’s time for a complete change. Too many players are given unjust results in this voting system, and for the most enjoyable and competitive All Star Game possible, there needs to be a new way to get the right players to the Mid Summer Classic.
“Players, coaches, managers, we have to do a better job with the selection process so we can put the best talent out on the field for the fans.”
– Chris Archer