On Tuesday, MLB released its first ballot update for the 2014 All-Star Game. Much like every other All-Star Game, there are flaws in the voting. Some players are only voted in based on prominence, while others have to earn it.
One name in particular deserves it, but is not getting any of the voters’ love: New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. Currently sitting in 11th among outfielders in the first poll, he deserves to be much higher. He may not be a top-three starter, but he is deserving of a spot in the Midsummer Classic.
Fellow teammates Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran are sitting comfortably in the No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the voting for OFs. Compared to the two, Gardner has better numbers than a primarily healthy Ellsbury, who has been in a slump for most of the month of May. Gardner has been a big help to the Yankees’ early winning ways.
He has been picking up the team when they needed it most both offensively and defensively. Beltran is still dealing with an elbow injury he feared would need surgery.
The good news for fans is that they have a little more than a month to vote on the starting All-Star teams. They have to realize that they are in control of who plays in the annual game. They should make sure Gardner gets a spot on the team. He would play the game the same way he has all season long: hard and smart. He’d give it his all in his first career All-Star game appearance.