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AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:45 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2011 4:03 pm

By Matt Snyder

Tuesday, Major League Baseball unveiled the first update on the All-Star balloting for the National League, so Wednesday we found out the American League update. Needless to say, non-Yankees fans won't be happy, but we'll get to that in a second. The big story is that the fans nailed the top overall vote-getter (that goes for both leagues). Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays leads the majors in runs, home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS-plus and total bases. You can add top vote-getter to the list for now, because he's gathered 1,261,659 votes. If this holds, he'd become the first Blue Jays player ever to receive the most votes and the first to start the game since Carlos Delgado in 2003.

As things stand now, here are the would-be AL starters: Russell Martin, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson -- yes, those are actually the leaders in votes; I didn't accidentally start listing the Yankees' starters -- Jose Bautista, Josh Hamilton and Michael Young (DH).

So, yeah. Six Yankees starters if this was the final version. Here are some observations:

- Asdrubal Cabrera trails Jeter by about 260,000 votes at short. I guess I'm not shocked for several reasons. First of all, the voting began pretty early in the season and Cabrera was a relative unknown when it started. Secondly, you have Jeter and the whole chase for 3,000 hits thing going on. Third, it's the Yankees. If this is a lifetime achievement thing, OK, but if we're looking at just 2011, it's egregious. Cabrera's been the big offensive force for the most surprising team in baseball -- one that has the best record in the AL.

- Teixeira's having a big power year and him starting the game wouldn't be completely undeserved, but I'd rather go with Adrian Gonzalez or Miguel Cabrera there. If you have a problem with Cabrera's off-field issues in the spring, well, vote for Gonzalez or Tex.

- Third could shape up to be a real good battle between A-Rod, Adrian Beltre and Kevin Youkilis -- who were all probably helped by the injury to Evan Longoria.

- Martin is the correct selection behind the plate. Oh, and Joe Mauer's second in voting (tsk, tsk).

- Granderson certainly deserves to start and Cano probably does as well. So Yankees haters need to lay off these guys.

- The outfield voting isn't awesome, that's for sure. Hamilton has been hurt most of the season and sits third. Matt Joyce isn't even in the top 15, nor are Carlos Quentin, Adam Jones, Michael Brantley or Alex Gordon. But Ichiro Suzuki, Nelson Cruz and Carl Crawford are all in contention.

View the full voting results by clicking here.

There are obviously a lot more issues, but it's the initial ballot release and many of the votes were cast when it was released without having a good grasp of how the 2011 season would turn out. Fortunately, there's still time to support your guys and rectify any problems you might have. Voting doesn't end until the end of June.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:37 am

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

Genuinely fantastic web-site. I will be simply getting toward reading more postings.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: June 2, 2011 4:28 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

I just hope everybody takes their vote very seriously this year. We need to have the best players in the AL represented, not the most popular. After all, the All Star game will determine whether the Mighty Tribe will get home field for the World Series or will be forced to win the title as the road team :)

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:51 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

C - Alex Avila     

;     Detroit
1B - Adrian Gonzalez    &am
sp; Boston
2B - Robinson Cano     &
nbsp; New York
SS - Asdrubal Cabrera    Cleveland
3B - Adrian Beltre     
;      Texas
OF - Jose Bautista    &am
sp;     Toronto
OF - Curtis Granderson   New York
OF - Jacoby Ellsbury    &am
sp;   Boston
DH - Michael Young     


Crazy not to have Martin at catcher - better offensively and defensively, but the rest is sane.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:49 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

The American league vote looks a lot closer to what it should be than the national league (no Jay Bruce?) as it normally is.  Other than Jeter, no one can complain about any of the Yankees.  The next best case would A-rod, but like the author says, with Longoria hurt, it is a toss up.  Youkilis gets the huge Fenway bump but I can see where someone would put Beltre's power over A-rods average.  No one should have too big of a problem with Texiera (so much for being a slow starter) and Cano, Martin, and Cano are easily the best at their positions.  The real question marks come with the non-Yankees.  All I can say is that at least Hamilton isn't retired ala Mike Schmidt.  Crawford shouldn't be in the mix either.  All in all, a much better job than the NL voters.

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:58 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

the teams play in different eras. go ahead and say roids, they had pills back in the seventies. perez/tex that is even. cano/morgan again even. conception/jeter edge now to conception because of age, jeter was by far the better ss for career. bench/martin, bench. outfield i will take gardner/granderson/swisher/jones over driessen/griffey(can't remember if he was on the team) and whowever else was there. i still have to take arod over rose(whichever position he played. pitching staffs are probably close however the edge goes to the yankees relief including a 40 year old Mo.

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:43 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

I am a Yankee fan.  Right now the only Yankees that deserve to even be on the team as starters are the Grandyman and Russ Martin. though Arod, Robbie Cano and Mak Tex should be subs. David Ortiz should also find a way onto the team. There are a lot of very good players that deserve to be on the team. balloting should be weighted some how. Fans should not have the total say for the starting team. however i also feel that if the players, managers/coaches and media have a say they should not be allowed to vote for their hometeam unless it is weighted the same way. also to h--- with every team having to be represented. i love to watch the best play in the game not in popularity. though you can also add a player or 2 that made a career milestone, like 300 wins, 3000 hits, best fielder at their position, and such.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:32 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

Thanks, much appreciated. I always appreciate the feedback regardless (yes, even the negative).

Hey, you see Asdrubal tonight? 4-6, 3 doubles, 3 RBI! I think he's mad ....

- Snyder

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:15 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

Snyder, Im busting chops man....I love your stuff and agree with you most of the time but it seems like only Yankee fans, Philly fans and Red Sox fans vote (just like attendance on mlb teams). Fans will come out and vote I suspect. If they dont then it will be the Yanks vs the NL....fine with me! I voted for the best players which included a few of luck to all teams! Except the Roid Sox! LOL

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:57 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

Commonsense101: It's linked in the story. Here is another


Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:35 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

I love Yankee Haters, they are so funny.

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