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NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:44 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 3:49 pm

By Matt Snyder

Major League Baseball has issued a press release with the first All-Star balloting update of the season, and the NL starting lineup would include three Cardinals if the voting ended right now. The leaders by position (including three outfielders, of course): Albert Pujols, Brandon Phillips, Placido Polanco, Troy Tulowitzki, Buster Posey, Ryan Braun, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman. (Full ballot update at

A few things immediately jump out:

- Jose Reyes is the most qualified candidate at shortstop, despite Tulowitzki's hot start. Reyes leads the NL in hits, doubles, triples and stolen bases and is hitting .335 with an .876 OPS. He doesn't even have half the votes Tulo does. Oh, and Jimmy Rollins (.265 with a .698 OPS) is second. At least Reyes is in third, but it's odd to see a player in New York so under-represented in the voting.

- The starter at first base has gotta be Joey Votto over Pujols. It's not even close this season. Votto is second, trailing by about 182,000 votes. Prince Fielder (third) and Ryan Howard (fourth) should also be ahead of Pujols. Remember, it's for the 2011 season.

- Speaking of which, Chase Utley is third in voting at second base.

- Dodgers outfielders Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp have very strong cases in the outfield, and they check in at spots four and five in the voting, respectively. Still, who are you going to bump between Braun, Holliday and Berkman? Maybe we can petition to move Braun to third base in order to maximize the offense?

- The biggest snub appears to be Jay Bruce. The young Reds' slugger was been an absolute man-child in May and leads the NL in home runs, RBI and total bases. He's 12th place in votes for outfielders. Looks like Reds fans need to get over to and support their team. Phillips leads at second because there aren't many good candidates, but Votto and Bruce should be starting and aren't yet in that position.

- Obviously, Posey can't start because of his season-ending injury and NL manager Bruce Bochy will name a replacement if Posey wins the voting. So the catcher voting -- at least as long as he's at the top -- is irrelevant.

Voting continues on through June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET. There will be an update on AL voting Wednesday.

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Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:15 am

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

No doubt Jay Bruce should be in the all-star game.  Leading NL in home runs and RBI's, not to mention stellar defense in right field.  I know the fans probably won't vote him in, but if he countinues his ways at the plate this season, he should be a no doubter.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:48 am

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

MLB has done this to themselves with their marketing for the All-Star game and how each team handles voting.  They (MLB) tell you to vote for your favorite players and teams tell you to vote for the X team.  I think on team sites, you can vote very easily and quickly for the current starting line up of your favorite team.  

Anyhow, Votto should be the starter, but Molina should be in at the catcher position too.   

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 11:20 pm

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

I just can't wait to see the AL votes. I bet Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada will be top vote getters. If either of them make it, MLB should take voting rights away from the fans for sure. They should rename the Allstar game Red Sox/Yankees vs. Cardinals/Phillies game.
The American League fans generally do a much better job than the NL fans, but as the Yankees are in first, and the class of the AL thus far, it would make sense that more Yankees would be on the team than other teams.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 10:56 pm

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

Now that the game means something, let the the managers pick their starting lineups and 4 pitchers. Then give the fans 7 days to vote for the backups online.

Since: May 31, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 10:55 pm
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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 8:04 pm

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

Berkman?  He had a great April but other than average what stat is he leading in?  Bruce is destroying him in every other stat. He's also a better RF than Berkman is.

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:32 pm

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

And this is why the fans having the vote sucks.  Can't we just make it so that the best player at each position goes?  This is what the NL team should look like C. McCann, 1B. Fielder, 2B. B. Phillips, 3B. Polanco, SS. Reyes, LF. Braun, CF. Kemp, RF. Berkman.  Those are the statistical leaders at each position.

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:26 pm

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

It's the All-STAR game, not the All-Who's-Having-A-Good-2-Months game.  It's the fans chance to see a game with the players THEY want to see.

The only problem with your argument is that the number of All-Star selections for a player goes into history, like when considering HOF ballots - just because a guy is popular doesn't mean they should be considered among the best in their league at their position.   And, inevitably, when fans discuss the greatness of player A vs player B, the number of All Star appearances always comes up.

The fan vote should count MAYBE 10% - what happens when you walk into a ballpark in May or June?  They hand you a stack of 20-30 ballots and tell you to fill them out with all of the team's players chosen.  That's just nonsense.  Give it the honor to the guys who EARN it based on their play, not based on how popular they are.  And that's for every sport.  You have guys in the NBA that havent played in months that go to the All-Star, which is horsepoop.  Kobe Bryant could be injured from the preseason on, and he's going to start - thats happened with Yao Ming and with Allen Iverson.

Fans are homers, face it.  They don't like other teams players.  Leave it up to the managers, players, and sportswriters to get it right.     

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:20 pm

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

Either way, neither Tulo nor Pujols has had the kind of year that warrants leading the league in voting.  Tulo started off smoking hot and has been ordinary ever since.  Pujols is having a good year, but his worst in years.  I think sometimes you need to take the voting out of the hands of the voters, they clearly vote their favorites and not the best.  Give these guys the credit they deserve, if your having a good year, you deserve to be in because the year your having, not because of your name and your history in previous years.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:19 pm

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

The fan vote counts 100% for the starters. Go to wikipedia and look up all star game. Players and coaches pick the rest.

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