Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Brewers Fans Proving Fan Voting is a Joke

Don't get me wrong, I want to see nine Brewers starting in the All-Star game as much as you do, but let's be serious for a moment. The NL All-Star voting totals came out today, and they are laughable at best, in large part to our efforts. I take part of the blame, I spent the better part of a full Miller Park outing doing nothing but punching holes, and will continue to do so. But still...

Some of these vote totals aren't really surprising. Cardinals slugger and whiner Albert Pujols is currently the NL's top vote-getter, and that is well-deserved. Chase Utley leads at 2nd, David Wright leads at 3rd, and our very own Ryan Braun leads in the outfield. All of these things are acceptable. But is J.J. Hardy really a better shortstop than Jose Reyes, Jimmy Rollins, or Hanley Ramirez? Apparently, yes, at least according to baseball fans. Hardy leads all NL shortstops by nearly 40,000 votes, even though he's been struggling this year (although Khalil Greene doesn't deserve being as high as 5th place, either).

Not only is that crazy, but the Brewers are 2nd place in every position they aren't in first place. Prince Fielder is second at 1st, which makes sense. But Rickie Weeks probably shouldn't be second at 2nd base, because of the whole being out for the year thing and all. And Bill Hall in second place at 3rd base? I can guarantee you every vote Bill Hall has gotten so far has come from Brewers fans, and very forgiving ones at that.

Furthermore, Jason Kendall is 2nd behind the plate, Mike Cameron is 5th in the outfield, with Corey Hart finishing in 7th place. Here are the listings of all the vote totals, it's really a sight you have to see to believe.

I'm not saying you shouldn't be voting early, voting often, voting Brewers. I'm going to head over to MLB.com right after this posting. I don't care if you or I continue to stuff the ballot boxes, in fact I encourage it. But how ridiculous would it be to see Bill Hall or Jason Kendall in an All-Star game. Let's not lose sight of that.


Chad said...

I did not and will not vote for Bill Hall. I definitely voted for Rickie and will continue to do so...he's earned it (kind of).

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