AL All-Star Vote Update: Comparing Fans' Vote to Players Deserving of Start

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJune 15, 2013

AL All-Star Vote Update: Comparing Fans' Vote to Players Deserving of Start

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    The 2013 MLB All-Star Game is up to the fans...that's not as good as it sounds.

    While the fans are excited to vote for their favorite players, I'm afraid they've only voted for their favorite players, and the American League voting update from June 15, via John Schlegel of MLB.com, makes that more apparent than ever.

    There are some egregious errors where it comes to All-Star voting, including the fact that Derek Jeter received 669,698 votes despite not playing a game.

    It's becoming clearer and clearer which players will be starting in the All-Star Game, but not everyone is deserving.

    Let's take a look at each AL All-Star Game starter and whether or not he deserves it.

First Base

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    How the Voting Looks

    1. Chris Davis, Orioles 2,999,094
    2. Prince Fielder, Tigers 1,980,129
    3. Mike Napoli, Red Sox 744,334
    4. Albert Pujols, Angels 693,062
    5. Mitch Moreland, Rangers 645,071

     

    Who Deserves to Start: Chris Davis, Orioles

     

    This one is spot-on.

    The race between AL first basemen essentially comes down to Chris Davis and Prince Fielder, but Davis has the clear edge.

    Davis is third in batting average (.332), second in RBI (57) and leads the AL in home runs (22). He's the closest thing to a challenger for AL MVP that Miguel Cabrera is facing.

    The fans have clearly taken notice of Davis, as he leads Fielder by more than one million votes.

Second Base

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    How the Voting Looks

    1. Robinson Cano, Yankees 2,409,512
    2. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox 1,635,674
    3. Ian Kinsler, Rangers 1,123,654
    4. Omar Infante, Tigers 872,142
    5. Jose Altuve, Astros 734,896

     

    Who Deserves to Start: Robinson Cano, Yankees

     

    This race shouldn't be as decisive as it is. While I agree that Robinson Cano deserves to start for the AL, Dustin Pedroia is certainly giving him a run for his money.

    Cano has the power and Pedroia the contact, as Cano has 12 more home runs but Pedroia is 39 points ahead of Cano in batting average, while the two are almost tied in RBI.

    Chicks dig the long ball, and apparently so do the fans, as Cano leads Pedroia by almost 800,000 votes, despite being only slightly better.

Shortstop

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    How the Voting Looks

    1. J.J. Hardy, Orioles 1,871,010
    2. Elvis Andrus, Rangers 1,358,412
    3. Jhonny Peralta, Tigers 1,322,791
    4. Jed Lowrie, Athletics 1,019,861
    5. Derek Jeter, Yankees 669,698

     

    Who Deserves to Start: Jhonny Peralta, Tigers

     

    The voting for shortstop in the AL is a joke. Not only does Derek Jeter rank fifth in voting despite not playing a single game, but Elvis Andrus appears to have the entire state of Texas voting for him, as he ranks second despite batting just .246 without a home run.

    Not only are Jeter and Andrus on the list without reason, but the voters also didn't even get the starter right.

    Hardy's .264 batting average with 13 home runs and 39 RBI make him a very desirable option at short, as he has the power that Jhonny Peralta lacks. However, Hardy is 71 points behind Peralta in batting average and has just seven more home runs and 10 more RBI.

    Peralta is making great contact at the plate, and he should be starting instead of being third in voting.

Third Base

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    How the Voting Looks

    1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 3,277,890
    2. Manny Machado, Orioles 1,626,209
    3. Adrian Beltre, Rangers 1,105,706
    4. Evan Longoria, Rays 898,422
    5. Josh Donaldson, J. Athletics 500,773

     

    Who Deserves to Start: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

     

    This is the easiest selection this year by far.

    Miguel Cabrera is fighting for a second straight Triple Crown, and if he had hit four more home runs so far this year, he'd be leading all three categories.

    Despite the efforts of Manny Machado this year, Miggy is the clear choice at third.

Catcher

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    How the Voting Looks

    1. Joe Mauer, Twins 2,127,175
    2. Matt Wieters, Orioles 1,615,625
    3. A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers 885,137
    4. Carlos Santana, Indians 864,779
    5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox 748,725

     

    Who Deserves to Start: Joe Mauer, Twins

     

    Catcher is easily the weakest position in the American League this year, and the best option happens to only have six home runs and 19 RBI.

    Joe Mauer is batting .325 this season, which is a ridiculous 86 points better than the next best option—Matt Wieters.

    Mauer has returned to his old form, and now he'll be starting in the All-Star Game.

Designated Hitter

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    How the Voting Looks

    1. David Ortiz, Red Sox 2,488,451
    2. Lance Berkman, Rangers 1,239,521
    3. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays 769,322
    4. Mark Reynolds, Indians 745,058
    5. Mark Trumbo, Angels 722,667

     

    Who Deserves to Start: David Ortiz, Red Sox

     

    The revitalization of Big Papi has him as the clear favorite to start in the All-Star Game.

    David Ortiz is batting .301 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI this season. He has been tearing it up for the Red Sox, and no one else is even close to him

    Edwin Encarnacion is probably the second-best man for the job, but he has been inconsistent and is not batting as well as Ortiz.

Outfield

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    How the Voting Looks

    1. Adam Jones, Orioles 2,740,505
    2. Mike Trout, Angels 2,710,115
    3. Nick Markakis, Orioles 1,463,392
    4. Torii Hunter, Tigers 1,425,571
    5. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays 1,379,251
    6. Nelson Cruz, Rangers 1,310,079
    7. Nate McLouth, Orioles 1,300,158
    8. Alex Gordon, Royals 1,040,685
    9. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox 1,004,434
    10. Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics 926,611
    11. Coco Crisp, Athletics 869,153
    12. Josh Hamilton, Angels 726,485
    13. Austin Jackson, Tigers 712,623
    14. Shane Victorino, Red Sox 682,220
    15. Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees 620,734

     

    Who Deserves to Start: Adam Jones, Orioles; Mike Trout, Angels; Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

     

    The AL has quite a few options to play the outfield, but the fans have left the third-best option well out of the picture.

    While the fans got Adam Jones and Mike Trout right, the third option is up for grabs. The fans chose Nick Markakis and Torii Hunter, as their respective cities got behind them.

    However, Jose Bautista should have gotten the nod with his 15 home runs and 36 RBI on a .265 batting average. Apparently Toronto isn't helping out Bautista, as he is fifth in voting right now.