Every year, All-Star voting can be greatly skewed and distorted by a variety of unworthy votes, and some of the biggest offenders outside of the St. Louis Cardinals all fall into the same category.
These names are usually not hard to find, and there always seems to be at least one deserving candidate that is snubbed in favor of one who is more well-known or loved by fans. In recent years, MLB has attempted to shift the way that All-Star voting works to try and prevent this, to no avail.
This year, the St. Louis Cardinals catcher is the victim of the poor All-Star voting system. He is being slated not to make the team despite leading all catchers in home runs and placing second in SLG.
So why does this happen? First and foremost, the fan voting nature of the game is naturally biased, there is no getting around that. These biases can result in many deserving names to fall short of the All-Star Game.
This season’s All-Star game (and the longest break for any baseball fan) will take place on July 15 and will air exclusively on FOX. The All-Star names will be released tonight, Sunday, July 8.