Yesterday, this popped up in my inbox…
All-Star Balloting for the 81st Midsummer Classic begins today
A press release followed explaining that voting for the All-Star Game, being held at Angel Stadium, was now live.
We are 14 games into the season, and you expect me to make a call on who should play in the All-Star Game already? Isn’t that a bit quick on the trigger finger? Voting should happen as close to the game as humanly possibly. If fans only had a week, or even a month, to vote, meaning the voting started in June, wouldn’t that give everyone a lot more time to make a selection based on performance?
What we’re forced to do, if you choose to vote this early, is make selections based on past performance. In that way, this isn’t really a 2010 All-Star Game, but rather a Who-Did-Well-Last-Year-And-You-Know-His-Name-Game. It’s been boiled down into a popularity contest more so than ever before. The stars, the performers, should be voted in, not the popular players.
I, like hopefully most of you, will not cast my votes until the deadline is approaching. There is no possible way a player should be voted in based on two weeks of games.
What are you thoughts on this? I’d like to hear some feedback in the comments.