The voting for the 2010 All-Star game is currently in full swing and once again we are seeing exactly why the voting is more a popularity contest then it is actually for first half’s performance.
Marlins 2b Dan Uggla, who currently leads the National League with 12 homers and 3B Jorge Cantu, who ranks 4th in the N.L. with 34 RBI’s are nowhere to be found at the top of the list of vote getters. SS Hanley Ramirez ironically is 2nd amongst all shortsops in the National League with 309,244 votes. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia’s injury plagued SS leads the way with 340,747.
Uggla also leads the majors with 7 homers in the month of May. Uggla and Cantu have said all the right things when questioned about the issue but come on, do we really expect them to say something negative that may effect the team? I guess that can be left to the antics of Hanley Ramirez, who’s apology to the Marlins team was anything but heartfelt and continues to be a question in his own clubhouse.
The reason the All-Star game means so little these days is because a great deal of the public questions why certain players are even in the game at all. The fans have the say over who gets voted in for the starters. It just seems unfair at times that those that are truly the leaders of the 1st half do not get to represent their league because they are not publicized enough and play in smaller markets. It is also unfair that every team HAS to have a representative. My feeling is if your team can’t produce an All-Star caliber player, why does the entire country need to see mediocre baseball even if it is an exhibition game. When I was growing up, the players took pride in winning the game and played it like a REAL game. George Brett, Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs were part of the game year in and year out because they belonged there, not because they carried a name.
Hopefully over the next few weeks Uggla, Cantu, Cody Ross and some of the other less known stars of the Major Leagues 1st half will get their chance to show that the game is really about a competition of the 1st halves elite players and welcome in the 2nd half.
About the Author
Written by Keith Kobler
Keith was born and raised in New York. He is a life long New York Mets fan and has felt the many highs and lows associated with that. He currently works in the Advertising Media Sales Industry and in his spare time writes comedy and free lance articles and blogs.