X

Have feedback / suggestions? Let us know!

MLB

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Vote This Early For MLB All-Star Game

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Vote This Early for MLB All-Star Game

Target Field Minnesota Twins
Jesse Johnson - USA TODAY Sports

For the serious fans out there who put time and effort into their All-Star selections, here are five reasons why you shouldn't vote this early for the MLB All-Star Game.

5. The statistical sample size is too small

Nick Markakis
Kim Klement - USA TODAY Sports

5. The statistical sample size is too small

Nick Markakis
Kim Klement - USA TODAY Sports

At this point in the season, most batters haven’t even made it to 200 at-bats yet. Healthy, regular starters typically have anywhere from 550 to 600 at-bats for the entire season, and judging a player’s performance based on a third of his total workload for the year makes no sense.

4. Sentimental favorites are stronger picks this early in the season

Derek Jeter
Anthony Gruppuso - USA TODAY Sports

4. Sentimental favorites are stronger picks this early in the season

Derek Jeter
Anthony Gruppuso - USA TODAY Sports

With such a small sample size, sentimental favorites tend to stick out earlier in the season because there’s simply not enough data to judge the others. Some such as Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins deserve the selection. Others, most notably Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, don’t have the numbers to earn a place on the roster but pack a sentimental punch.

3. Injured players stay on the ballot even while on the DL

Jurickson Profar
Joe Camporeale - USA TODAY Sports

3. Injured players stay on the ballot even while on the DL

Jurickson Profar
Joe Camporeale - USA TODAY Sports

The All-Star ballot is created before the season starts, meaning there's no flexibility for injuries. The fact is that players get hurt early, even for the entire season, and yet they stay on the ballot and receive votes from fans. For example, the Texas Rangers’ Jurickson Profar is on the ballot despite not playing in 2014. Profar is on the 60-day DL with a torn muscle in his right shoulder, and probably won't be back before July.

2. April stars may lack May (and June) production

Emilio Bonifacio
David Banks - USA TODAY Sports

2. April stars may lack May (and June) production

Emilio Bonifacio
David Banks - USA TODAY Sports

April saw several players bust away from the pack. Some, like Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies and Alexei Ramirez of the Chicago White Sox, have kept up their hot hitting Others, like Emilio Bonifacio of the Chicago Cubs, aren’t even on the ballot despite starting the season with excellent numbers that cooled off as April turned to May. More at-bats allow truly strong performances to emerge.

1. The game matters, so vote in June

Minnesota Twins 2014 All-Star Logo
Brace Hemmelgarn - USA TODAY Sports

1. The game matters, so vote in June

Minnesota Twins 2014 All-Star Logo
Brace Hemmelgarn - USA TODAY Sports

Baseball is a game in which things change at the drop of a hat. What happens in the first two months of the season typically doesn’t have much to do with what happens in the rest of the year, and because the All-Star Game determines home-field advantage in the World Series, fans should take care in who they vote for. That means making smart choices, which can't be made early in the season when the game is so unpredictable.

Nina Zimmerman is a Chicago White Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @ninazim8 or add her to your network on Google.