In a surprise to absolutely nobody, Philadelphia Phillies OF Shane Victorino and Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko won the final vote for the National League and American League, respectively, for the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in Arizona.
If Major League Baseball is going to continue to do something like this, at least make it fair for everyone. There is no way on God’s green earth that a player from Kansas City, Arizona or Washington is going to outvote a player from Philadelphia or Chicago.
I don’t care if it was George Brett going up against Kevin Stocker. It’s just not going to happen.
And don’t get me wrong, both Victorino and Konerko are more than deserving all-stars. One could argue they shouldn’t have even been subject to this vote because they should have been on the team originally.
This isn’t about whether or not either player deserves to be on the team. That’s not up for debate. This is about leaving the final all-star for each team up to the fans, which makes no sense to me.
We have already turned the starting lineup into a popularity contest, so there’s no point in making the final all-star vote into one as well.