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At the end of the day, the Final Vote is nothing more than a popularity contest.
To say that the fans picked the wrong player would be the equivalent of complaining that the wrong singer got voted off of American Idol. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about who the best option is, but you really have no one but yourself to blame if your favorite person didn't get enough votes.
If the voting truly was unlimited and you were fully dedicated to your cause, you could have voted 28,080 times by texting one vote every 15 seconds since the voting started.
That might seem a bit crazy, but is it really as insane as being angry about the results of the final vote?
Though I previously singled out Adrian Gonzalez and Tanner Scheppers as the wrong options, each of the 10 players on the ballot was worthy of consideration. My personal votes were for Ian Desmond and Koji Uehara, but it would have neither shocked nor upset me if they had both finished in last place.
On a related side note, saying that the fans couldn't possibly screw up the Final Vote does not imply that they are incapable of erring when selecting the starting lineup. So long as this exhibition game continues to mean something in the long run, it is the responsibility of the fans to elect the most deserving players.
We did a much better job than in years past, but there's still room for improvement. I'm looking at you, people who voted for Brandon Phillips instead of Matt Carpenter.
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