Hey Baseball Fans. The All Star Game Is Only a Popularity Contest.

Sergio ValdezContributor IIJuly 12, 2009

ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 11:  A bride and groom pose for a photo with their wedding party in front of the St. Louis Arch and Capitol Building ahead of the 2009 MLB All-Star Game on July 11, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

 With the all star game voting already closed and the teams all ready to go, it's almost time for the 80th annual all star game. We all know how important the game is to some. The league that wins gets home field advantage in the world series. But with the   excitement of this years game, also comes some controversy. Baseball fans everywhere constantly complain about how their favorite player got snubbed despite having a great year. One might look at the stats and see that one player is more deserving than the other. This year I have heard about how players such as Pablo Sandoval of the Giants and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers should've been in St.Louis over some others. Last year Cubs outfielder Kosuke Foukadome made the all star team despite his struggles that year. The list goes on and on. There are many cases of players getting snubbed by the voters or major league baseball. I have also heard some fans criticize N.L manager Charlie Manuel for selecting Jayson Werth, his own player, to replace injured Mets Outfielder Carlos Beltran on the roster. Last year N.L manager Clint Hurdle chose his own pitcher, Aaron Cook, over other pitchers who were having a better year than him. As you see these voters clearly select the most popular player over the most deserving one. Baseball fans, the all star game is only a popularity contest. Fans and voters don't look at the statistics of one player and give them their vote. They look at only the name of the player. Why do you think Derek Jeter has always been in the all star game? He's one of the most popular players in baseball. There might have been other shortstops who had better numbers than Jeter and deserved the vote, but because he is simply Derek Jeter, he gets into the all star game. It seems teams with the bigger fan base, always get their favorite players in while small market teams watch their best performer get snubbed. MLB has a rule to make sure every team has a representative in the festivities, but it seems like only pitchers represent the the selected team most of the time. When fans turn on the their television to watch the game, they don't want to see players with the best stats. They want to see the most popular players in baseball. They want to see players from their own teams at the game weather they deserved it or not. The all star game is only a popularity contest and there's no reason to fight over who deserved to be in and who doesn't. Fans only look at the name and number on the jersey. The all star game is and always will be a popularity contest.