Since 2002, baseball has had a final vote for the All-Star game in an attempt to include a potential snub or other deserving player that may have been blocked by a player at his position having a huge season.
In those nine previous votes, on the American League side, it's generally meant yet another Boston or New York player being added in.
Only four times has that not been the case, and only three times has the winner been outside the AL East. Never has the winner been from the AL West. Only six of the 45 nominees have been from the West.
I did notice one interesting thing. In the AL, the winners from each vote combined for only two previous All-Star appearances before being booted in.
In the NL, that number is six but mostly due do Nomar Garciaparra's five previous selections before winning the final vote in 2006.
Does this mean we can draw conclusions based on geographical location of the nominee? Cry "East Coast bias?"
I don't know. The sample is small, and the winning player has seemingly been a deserving recipient.
Perhaps fans do seem more interested in giving that final spot to a deserving young snub, regardless of their popularity contest voting habits on the main ballot.
I have devised a highly complicated mathematical equation to weigh each candidate's chances at winning the final vote. Here's a look at each.