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What the hell is with this All-Star Voting in April?

Postby OBPlover » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:26 am

Title says it all. When I was a wee lad, the ballots got passed out at the games by late May or Early June IIRC. you had a little punch-card or could write in the name of of someone in a box below. Now 20 years ago, pre-internet I might be able to understand needing some time to tabulate the votes. Nowadays, with the vast majority of votes done on the internet in seconds...it could be more last moment than ever.

How on Earth am I supposed to vote on players after just 20 games played. Anything can happen. Right now the leading vote getter should be Jupton but who is to say he doesn't go into some ridiculous slump in May? In races that are close, fans are just going to select whoever is the more well-recognized name, which is completely against the point of a midsummer all star game. Plus, the All Star game now matters in a very direct way, by selecting the host for the World Series. That gets determined by whoever has the best 20 days in April?
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Re: What the hell is with this All-Star Voting in April?

Postby GiantsFan14 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:29 am

I'm just gonna vote all Giants. Brandon Crawford for starting SS!
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Re: What the hell is with this All-Star Voting in April?

Postby Ender » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:14 am

It is a popularity contest, not a measure of the best players on the season. It always has been. Starting the voting earlier doesn't change that.
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Re: What the hell is with this All-Star Voting in April?

Postby wrveres » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:18 am

Its started in April for a while.
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Re: What the hell is with this All-Star Voting in April?

Postby RedHopeful » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:40 pm

Agree that it's just nutty starting the voting process this early. MLB is doing this solely for promotional purposes right? Having fans more involved, earlier and often, to hopefully translate to more $$$ at the gates, etc?
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Re: What the hell is with this All-Star Voting in April?

Postby Tavish » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:33 pm

I wish they did the All-Star voting in Spring Training.
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Re: What the hell is with this All-Star Voting in April?

Postby Rally Cat » Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:30 pm

The whole so called ALL STAR thing is a joke. From the voting to the game . You watch . Guys like Jeter will be voted an all star because fans stuff the ballot box. The starters should be done by managers . And not be able to vote for any members of your own team. Let the fans pick the remaining 15-20 players. As said before. Its a popularity contest. The voting system is flawed. Sure you want to see your favorite players. The problem is in some cases your favorite player may be hitting .240 and somebody more deserving doesn't get the start or even makes the team. Happens in all sports. It sucks. :-t
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Re: What the hell is with this All-Star Voting in April?

Postby wrveres » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:36 pm

Thats not a bad idea.
Lets stuff the ballot box for Jeter.
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Re: What the hell is with this All-Star Voting in April?

Postby bigh0rt » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:23 pm

Who cares?
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Re: What the hell is with this All-Star Voting in April?

Postby Izenhart » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:12 pm

bigh0rt wrote:Who cares?


+1

Not everything needs to be taken as seriously as (*gasp!*) hall of fame votes. Every year someone deserving gets left off. Oh well, life ain't perfect. My biggest peeve about the whole thing is I want to vote for pitching. Maybe one day that will change. In the meantime I'm voting for Brandon Crawford ;-D
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