Perhaps it’s because the All-Star voting starts too early or maybe it’s because too many of the voters have absolutely no idea who they’re voting for or just don’t care if their vote actually reflects who is deserving of an All-Star vote.
But whatever the case, it’s pretty clear that the fan vote for the the third base position in the National League is a tale told by a collective idiot. How Cincinnati Reds‘ third baseman Todd Frazier is not the runaway leader at the position should be an absolute mystery if it weren’t for the expectation that fan vote for All-Star games is an absolute joke.
Frazier leads NL third basemen in some fairly significant categories heading into game action on Monday night: first in OPS (.863), home runs (17) and RBIs (tied for first with 44). Frazier is also second in runs scored (47) and just so happens to be a viable Gold Glove candidate at the position.
So all of that adds up to Frazier not even cracking the top five in fan voting for third base in the NL.
It’s not like Frazier hasn’t had success before. He was the players’ choice for NL rookie of the year in 2012 — not Bryce Harper. But he also struggled last year at the plate in his first year as the everyday starter, replacing Scott Rolen.
There’s no question that the players ahead of Frazier in the fan vote have had consistent success over extended time — David Wright, Pablo Sandoval and Aramis Ramirez. And there’s no doubt that Matt Carpenter and Nolan Arenado are capable of All-Star seasons.
But none of the above are doing what Frazier is doing. He is far and away having the best season of any NL third baseman, and the fact that he’s not garnering the votes that he deserves is a testament to the absolute farce of fan voting for All-Star game starters.