In life, three things are certain: death, taxes and deserving ballplayers in the major leagues will get snubbed.
Fortunately, baseball fans today play a key role in determining the fate of excellent players on the bubble.
As applied to this year’s MLB All-Star “Final Vote” contest, fans spoke loud, proud and often, crushing online voting records in the process.
On Thursday, MLB.com writer Mark Newman reported that Texas Rangers rookie hurler Yu Darvish and St. Louis Cardinals budding third baseman David Freese gained the two final slots for the 2012 All-Star game in Kansas City.
Darvish won out over pitchers Jake Peavy (Chicago White Sox), Jason Hammel (Baltimore Orioles), Jonathan Broxton (Kansas City Royals) and Ernesto Frieri (LA Angels).
Freese beat Michael Bourn (Atlanta Braves), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals) and Aaron Hill (Arizona Diamondbacks).
For Darvish and Freese, their first All-Star game selections were well-deserved.
But selection of one player may be perceived as more of a great story rather than better play when stacked against rivals.
Regardless, in this slideshow, I show how fans got it right by comparing Darvish and Freese to those they defeated.
Statistics provided by ESPN and are current as of final day of MLB voting.