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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: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:56 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all


Not specifically the Yankees. I'd rather no team have six of the nine players in a game if there was a choice. Just seems like a good time for a mix up, you know? I'm not one of those Yankees haters. I'm fine with them and Jeter's deserved it many times, just not this year. Like I alluded to, I'd cast my ballot for Granderson, Cano and probably Martin. Maybe even A-Rod, depending upon when I voted.

Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:51 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

This is sick, imo there is no way that Jeter and A-Rod deserve to be in. I know that the fans get to vote and pick who plays, but when I vote, I vote for the best players this year at each position. If it does end up being like this with the six Yankees and probably CC, I won't watch it. If I wanted to watch the Yankees play, I'd just watch a regular season game.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:44 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

The Bigger question is, does Matt Snyder have an issue with six Yankees starting? Fact is, most of those guys you mentioned on the Yankees are having good years. Jeter is a question mark but I understand why he gets it every year....The average fan still LOVES the home run and it's obvious...I have an issue with players who are doing terrible getting votes. That's where my issue is with the fan vote. I say MLB takes them off the ballot.....

As seen below:

Carl Crawford, Red Sox: 440,626
J.D. Drew, Red Sox: 307,684
Brett Gardner, Yankees: 370,989
Jorge Posada, Yankees: 414,733
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 586,361

Since: Apr 11, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:36 pm

AL All-Star balloting update: Bautista tops all

I have to disagree with Snyder on a few of these. As of right now here are my starters based on performance up to this point. Let me mention that I am a Tigers fan.

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

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