Sometimes the fact that fans vote for the players on the MLB All-Star team becomes a clear problem. This year that isn’t a big deal for the Los Angeles Angels as all is pretty fair for the way they have played so far during the season. Almost all is fair that is. The fact that Howie Kendrick is struggling to make the fifth spot in the voting for second basemen is ridiculous. Other than that things are straight for the Angels.
Albert Pujols is a distant third behind two guys that have destroyed the baseball all season in Chris Davis and Prince Fielder. Mark Trumbo has been solid but is a distant fifth in the voting which shakes out pretty well. Josh Hamilton is way back in outfield votes as he should be with his dismal season thus far. Mike Trout, well he is the leading outfield vote getter and for good reason.
He has been the most consistent performer for the Angels all season. I know people are already trying to label him as one negative thing or another but the numbers do not lie. Trout has been one of the top producing outfielders for most of the season and remains so. What is the disconnect with Kendrick though?
I don’t really understand how he could have better stats than Robinson Cano in all but two categories and basically be second in every other category to Dustin Pedroia and somehow not rank in the top three. There you have it folks. The Angels are proof that the system of fans voting for the All-Star game sometimes works but for large part does not work.