The primary voting results are in, and while Albert Pujols leads all National League vote getters, it’s a story of the good, the bad and the ugly if you ask me.
First, the good. Brandon Phillips leads all National League second baseman in votes, almost doubling Rickie Weeks and Chase Utley. One would assume that his participation on twitter along with a steady season that has him around the .300 mark probably have a lot to do with that.
The bad (yet predictable) is that Albert Pujols leads all NL vote-getters and is ahead of more deserving candidates to start the game in Joey Votto, Prince Fielder, and Ryan Howard.
The ugly? Jay Bruce is 13th in Outfield vote-getters behind the likes of Ryan Braun (971,809), Matt Holliday (927,778), Lance Berkman (872,434), Andre Ethier (776,971), and Matt Kemp (549,215) among a bunch of other guys who come nowhere close to deserving it as much as Bruce does.
I know the fans are supposed to get who they want, but I think Major League Baseball should select the starters and the fans should select a few reserves or something so that this collection of shit doesn’t happen.
If Bruce isn’t present at the All-Star game in Arizona, I’ll never waste my time with another vote, and I’ll probably never watch another All-Star game. I can’t deal with the politics that happen in Major League Baseball. It’s unbelievable. That said, I have a ton of faith in Bruce Bochy to make good decisions on the reserves, but still. I plead to the fans of baseball: how can you not vote for the best guys when it’s so painfully obvious?