Comparing NL All-Star Fans Vote to Players Deserving of Start

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Comparing NL All-Star Fans Vote to Players Deserving of Start
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Baseball's mid-summer classic is just like every other professional sports league's All-Star Game—the starters are selected in a globally-held popularity contest, not on the merits of their performance on the field over the first half of their respective league's regular season.

The latest voting results for the National League, released on June 15, prove this to be true.

I don't take exception with every one of the fans' selections to this point but, by-and-large, the fans are not giving the National League the best chance to win with the starting lineup that they believe should be on the field when MLB converges on Citi Field on July 16.

Here's a look at how the voting currently stands and, more importantly, how it should finish.

 

 

*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and are current through games of June 16.

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