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Top 5 Reasons to Keep Current MLB All-Star Game Voting System

Top 5 Reason to Keep Current MLB All-Star Voting System

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For years now, the debate over whether or not fans should be allowed to select the starters for the MLB All-Star Game has raged on. Many argue that the fan biases compromise the game now that it has World Series implications, while others still believe that it should be the fans' game. Here are five reasons to keep the current voting system.

5. Crowdsourcing is a Modern Solution

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5. Crowdsourcing is a Modern Solution

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Major League Baseball was ahead of its time when it decided to let the fans solve the problem of who deserves to start at each position. Today this would be considered a form of crowdsourcing. Deciding the most deserving player at each position is a complex problem, so why not leave it up to the masses?

4. The Other Major Sports Leagues Still Do It

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4. The Other Major Sports Leagues Still Do It

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This is obviously not the best reason, but the other three major North-American sports leagues still let fans vote on All-Stars. Fans picking their favorite players to be All-Stars is a widely accepted sports tradition. Why would Major League Baseball want to be the first league to alienate their fans by taking away their voice?

3. It's About More Than Just Numbers

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3. It's About More Than Just Numbers

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Being an All-Star is about more than just having the best collection of stats at your position. Obviously players putting up excellent numbers deserve to be All-Stars, but being an All-Star is also about being one of the most highly-regarded players at your position. Does Jeter have All-Star numbers this season? Absolutely not, but he is still the most respected and distinguished shortstop in the American League.

2. The Fans Generally Get It Right

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2. The Fans Generally Get It Right

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It is nearly impossible to unanimously decide the best player at each position in each league as there is no unanimously accepted objective way to evaluate and rank players. No matter who selects the starters, it will ultimately be a subjective decision. Often times, there is more than one player at each position who is qualified to receive the honor. Therefore there is more than one right answer to the question of who deserves it.

1. It's the Fans' Game

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1. It's the Fans' Game

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The purpose of the All-Star Game (and other All-Star festivities) is to entertain the fans. Even with the game deciding which league hosts the World Series, the All-Star Game is an opportunity for the fans to see their favorite players together on the same field for fun.

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