5 Reasons Why Fans Shouldn’t Vote on the MLB All-Star Roster

5 Reasons Why MLB Fans Shouldn't Vote on the All-Star Roster

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The 2014 MLB All-Star game is scheduled for Tuesday, July 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET (FOX). It will take place at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. The All-Star rosters for the AL and NL were announced on Sunday. It’s awesome that MLB fans have a voice and are allowed to vote for who they think should be in the All-Star Game, but here are five reasons why fans should not be given this privilege.

5. Fans Vote for Players on Their Favorite Team

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5. Fans Vote for Players on Their Favorite Team

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There are some fans who simply vote for the players who play for the team they follow even if said players are undeserving of an All-Star selection. This may not happen often, but the fact that it can happen is a reason fans should not be allowed to vote.

4. Fans Will Refuse to Vote for Players They Dislike

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4. Fans Will Refuse to Vote for Players They Dislike

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This is an extension of the last slide. Fans may refuse to vote for a player who has the stats but are not likeable. Some fans may even refuse to vote for players who are deserving of a selection simply because they play for a rival team (i.e. Boston Red Sox fans not voting for someone on the New York Yankees). The best players should be at the All-Star Game, plain and simple, but sometimes fans can’t get past their own biases.

3. Some Fans Will Vote Once While Others Continually Vote

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3. Some Fans Will Vote Once While Others Continually Vote

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Some fans vote only once through one outlet while others continually submit nominations. This means the most deserving players are not necessarily selected to their league’s roster. Some overzealous fans may keep voting for their favorite player(s) even if that player’s stats do not warrant an All-Star selection.

2. Fans Do Not Watch Every MLB Team

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2. Fans Do Not Watch Every MLB Team

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There are 30 MLB teams and each team plays 162 games. Most fans follow their favorite team and only see certain players when their team plays that player’s team; also, many fans on the East Coast do not follow the West Coast teams that closely and vice versa. Fans cannot make truly informed decisions with the limited knowledge they have on players who are not on their favorite team.

1. The All-Star Game Actually Means Something

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1. The All-Star Game Actually Means Something

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The All-Star Game is an exhibition and it’s really fun, but part of why it’s so good is because the winning league clinches home field for its participant in the World Series. Whether you think that’s the right or wrong way to decide home-field advantage is irrelevant – that’s the way it’s done and it makes the All-Star Game more exciting. The best players should be playing, and not every fan knows who the best players are.

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