By Josh Sippie @sippenator101 on May 28, 2014
The first All-Star voting update showed that Jose Altuve is still not getting the credit he deserves. He didn’t even rank in the top American League vote getters at second base. He was behind Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, Brian Dozier, Howie Kendrick and Ian Kinsler. This is an atrocity that proves that the All-Star game is still a popularity contest and not about performance. Here’s why Altuve should be the leading vote getter.
That’s right, the 5-foot-6 sparkplug leads the entire MLB in hits with 72. He can’t stop hitting. He’s having the best offensive year of his career and yet he still can’t garner any All-Star support.
Just another category that Altuve leads in. His speed is just one of his many tools, and with how often he gets on base, he can terrorize the base paths as much as he wants.
Altuve committed his first error of the last 82 games in the series finale against the Kansas City Royals. His .996 fielding percentage is tied with Dustin Pedroia for tops among everyday second basemen.
Jose Altuve’s .333 average when hitting leadoff ranks first in the Majors among all lead off men. So why wouldn’t the American league All-Star team want him leading off in their lineup if he’s the best?
The guy is durable. He wants to play day in and day out, no matter what. The All-Star game is another exhibition, and no exhibition should be lacking Altuve.
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