2013 MLB All-Star Final Vote Leads to Beautiful National Distribution Chart
If you are a fan of colors, counties and MLB All-Star debates, boy, this is your lucky day.
MLB.com is breaking down all its Final Vote fanfare by state and county in a series of distribution charts that should take up ample minutes of your day.
For those uninitiated, MLB has had a "Final Vote" following the initial All-Star release for the last 12 years.
The 2013 iteration started Saturday after the starters were announced and will continue until Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, giving fans ample time to launch a flurry of votes for a few special talents.
If you are wondering what we are talking about, take a gander at Sunday's version for the National League All-Star hopefuls.
The votes seem spread out as you might expect, with Southern California punching its virtual ballots for Yasiel Puig, those around Atlanta launching hype for Freddie Freeman and Northern California shouting in unison for Hunter Pence.
Apparently, Canada has one huge crush on the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez, who garnered 58.5 percent of the vote north of the border. As of this writing, that number dipped to 41.4 percent Monday.
In case the national chart wasn't thorough enough, fans can go county by county to see where geographic loyalties lie.
For the senior circuit, the distribution clearly shows a tight race between Puig and Freeman for the top spot, continuing a polarizing debate whether Puig deserves a nod despite his lack of at-bats.
In the American League, things are not as clear, with votes cast for the five MLB players being spread like rainbow sprinkles on a USA-shaped pastry.
MLB.com released a Monday morning update on the vote, and it seems Toronto reliever Steve Delabar is tops in the AL and Braves slugger Freeman is leading the charge for the National League.
As for the rest:
Boston's Koji Uehara is second in AL voting, followed by the Yankees' David Robertson, Detroit's Joaquin Benoit and the Rangers' Tanner Scheppers.
In the NL, Yasiel Puig is in second place, followed by Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond and Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
Per the report, 16 million votes have been cast for the remaining hopefuls, which means baseball fans are quite fond of online voting.
I think it's safe to say baseball fans will certainly find time to admire a distribution chart that illustrates a nation that is very much divided.
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