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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: May 4, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:34 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

is it asking too much to get a table showing the number of votes per position?  

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:15 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

This Yankee (ahmm) All-Star lineup is definatly not the BIG RED machine.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:52 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

Glad to see fans finally pulled their heads out of their asses at least an inch and have Bautista at the top, but then they procede to ram them in another foot as they basically send the Yankees to the all-star game. If their is a rule that every team sends at least 1 player, I think it is time to put a cap on how many players a team sends. I guess this explains why I haven't watched an all-star game in years.

Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:38 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

think about it first all you dumb asses its not yanks and yanks all the time!

Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:36 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

Reallly the omly reason is they are F @####$* YANKEES and Jeter or STRIOROD dont even have the numbers to be there other than the F%#!^%$ FANS ENGOUGH SAID SAD DAY!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:32 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

Here we go again. Yankees vs National League. This shouldn't be called the all star game any more. Isn't part of the fun in watching the all star game watching guys that are playing against each other all year playing together? It's fun seeing a Ray get the ball at third and throwing to a Tiger at first to get an out. Watching a Ranger, Indian, Red Sox double play? The fans shouldn't be allowed to vote for the starters anymore. The fans just stuff the (virtual) ballot box. Come on 6 Yankees in the lead? I could understand Granderson, Cano, and Martin. I could also see votes for Teixeira. But I don't see many for A-fraud. Jeter? That's just too funny. I guess this is why he won an underserved gold glove last year. If Jeter gets voted in he should choose not to play so he could "rest an injury". If he wants to prove that he is a good guy, he'd sit and let some derserving player get the chance. He's been there enough times. Some of the other players at the position may only have a few chances to get in. There's no way A-roid would give up his spot if voted in. He's too oselfish. The fact that Jorge Posada is 3rd in DH votes is the icing on the cake. This proves that Yankee fans are stuffing the box. I'd laugh at seeing an allstar starter hitting less than .200. At least the voters got Jose Bautista right. This shows that they're not complete idiots. I'm a Giants fan and I voted for only one Giant for the allstar game. That was Freddy Sanchez because he's hitting .300 and is their offensive leader. None of the other Giants deserved it, so I didn't vote for them. Too bad Yankees fans can't vote for those that are deserving. This goes for Rangers fans too since nearly all of their players are in the top 5 with Josh Hamilton a starter. Michael Young is a good vote, but Yorvit Torrealba? Come on voters, use your head!!

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:46 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

Forgot about Avila, very good case to start at catcher.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:44 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

The reason for fans getting the chance to vote is so they get to see the players they want to start on the all-star team. That doesn't mean the player having the best year obviously. Even if you wanted to use 2011 production, 5 Yankees should have a very realistic shot at starting without this kind of backlash. Martin, Tex, Cano, Arod and Granderson all have good enough numbers at their position to arguably start. So really the only one anyone should have an issue with is Jeter, but again, if you let fans vote, are they taking Jeter or Asdrubal?
If I wanted to have the best offensive guys this year, this is my lineup:

1. J. Elsbury CF/RF
2. M. Young DH
3. C. Granderson CF/RF
4. J. Bautista LF
5. M. Cabrera 1B
6. A. Rodriguez 3B
7. R. Cano 2B
8. R. Martin C
9. A. Cabrera SS

Some people would rather have Beltre at 3B but not a fan of his .252 avg. Really, I'd rather put M. Young at 3B and use A. Gonzalez/M Cabrera as my DH. Other close calls are Kinsler at 2B and V Mart at C.

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:44 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

Id give catcher to Avila as well.  All of your selections are very reasonable.  Lets just go with those!

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:20 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

with the fans voting it quickly becomes a popularity contest... who watches the ASG anyway?

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