I guess technically this is update #3, since Prismo saved me yesterday and posted the update from last week since I missed it.Â Thanks to Prismo for this, but here is the updated All-Star Game voting from yesterday, 6/8/2009.
So at first glance, the first thing I notice from my first update 2 weeks ago, is that the Brewers fans have been quietedand their only deserving position player is now sitting in a potential starting spot.
When taking another look, I see that Albert “The Machine” Pujols is the overall top vote getter by a slim margin over Chase Utley as he deserves to be.
Observation #2, It basically stinks to be a NL 1B this year, as besides Albert, likely only one of Ryan Howard of Adrian Gonzalez will be chosen.Â Even worse for Mr. Howard, he will likely not get the cut over Gonzalez who is having a great 1st half, and besides Heath Bell, is probably the best representatives of that Padres team.
The final observation, as it appears that the Brewers homers have left the building, why now, is Jimmy Rollins leading the Shortstop vote? The same Jimmy Rollins who is batting a whopping .222 with 3 HR, 18 RBI and 10 SB.Â The fans did the right thing in getting Raul Ibanez to the top of the OF vote, along with Ryan Braun and Carlos Beltran by a slim margin over Soriano.
I still conclude from this entire process that the fan voting works, but only to a point, Jimmy Rollins should not be near the top and I can only hope Marlin fans (crickets) will put HamRam to the top of the list before all is said and done in ShortStop voting.
As a Mets fan, but also a National League and baseball fan, the All-Star game should always have the top players from each league, not fan favorites.
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