Atlanta Braves All-Star Game Voting Should not be a Popularity Contest
For the Atlanta Braves, the MLB All-Star Game voting is not going all that well. As should be expected by now, the official site and the team itself has the press machine going nuts to try and get votes. The problem with that is that they just don’t really deserve to have a ton of All-Stars this year. One promo even had a picture of Dan Uggla on it. Come on now, what is the All-Star game becoming?
This is not a new issue but this season it seems to be getting worse just like it does every season. We all know going in that the starting catcher for the National League will be Yadier Molina but that has nothing at all to do with the season he has had this year. It is a reputation based thing at this point. Voters don’t even care where they can find stats, much less care enough to look them up. A Braves fan is liable to go in and just vote for every Braves player that they see.
The truth of the matter is that the Braves should have a couple on the team. Evan Gattis should make it at catcher in one way or another. He has only Jonathan Lucroy ahead of him in the OPS category at catcher and Lucroy should make it as well. Andrelton Simmons is the greatest defensive shortstop in the world and probably should make the team. Julio Teheran is worthy of a spot on the pitching staff and that is about it. Any Braves fan who is being honest cannot argue too badly about anyone except those three.