MLB All-Star Voting 2014: What the Fans Have Right and Wrong

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MLB All-Star Voting 2014: What the Fans Have Right and Wrong
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Every year, Major League Baseball affords fans the privilege of voting the starters into July's All-Star Game. On the surface, it's a fun and fair concept that allows fans to choose the best and most compelling personalities for the game's annual showcase.

Years ago, before Bud Selig changed the rules to make the game count for home-field advantage in the World Series, there was little harm from misguided fan selections. Outside of Hall of Fame voters potentially counting up All-Star appearances when filling out a ballot, there was little harm for a star to miss out on big vote totals.

Now, however, things are different. The best players could and should be voted in for two reasons: the aforementioned meaning to the result of the contest, and the ability for the sport to showcase its best and brightest stars.

Unlike this writer and the majority of readers, not everyone is a die-hard baseball fan. If a casual sports observer turns on the All-Star Game in July, the event should showcase the faces of baseball, with early-season performance trumping almost anything.

On Monday MLB.com released an update on the latest fan voting totals. Based on the AL and NL tallies at the moment, here's what fans have right and wrong. 

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