With the 2023 Major League Baseball All-Star Game set to take place on July 12 at Seattle’s home turf of T-Mobile Park, fan voting for the stars of the show is now underway.
The top two vote-getters in both leagues will advance directly to the All-Star Game without a second ballot, while the first and second place finishers at each position will receive a first ballot and then a second ballot. The remaining pitchers are selected by a combination of player-manager votes. In order for a pitcher to make it to the All-Star Game via fan voting, he’d have to finish in the top two at his position to have a chance.
There are also “alliances” between clubs. San Diego and Seattle have joined forces for this year’s All-Star Game. This is the so-called “West Coast” alliance. San Diego is in the National League and Seattle is in the American League. After voting for their own team’s players, players from other leagues often vote according to their preferences, and they’ve agreed to support each other. Seattle fans vote for San Diego players, San Diego fans vote for Seattle players, and so on.
Neither team had a bad season last year, but neither team is a national favorite, so it’s a marketing event. However, the All-Star Game is not only about name recognition, but also about performance. San Diego’s players have been underperforming.
According to the midterm results of the All-Star Game voting released today, San Diego players are being wiped out in the fan vote. The Padres are loaded with stars who have already been to the All-Star Game, including Darvish Yu, Manny Machado, Zander Bogaerts, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Josh Hader. However, they’ve been underrepresented in the voting, either due to sub-5% team performance or individual underperformance.
The outfield is better, with Juan Soto (609,962 votes) in fifth place and Fernando Tatis Jr. (495,231 votes) in sixth. The outfield will likely go to a runoff because there are three players. At shortstop, Xander Bogaerts is in third place with 422,702 votes. There are about 80,000 votes separating him from second-place Francisco Lindor. Here’s hoping.
Manny Machado, on the other hand, is in fifth place overall with 429,390 votes. He’s already 400,000 votes out of second place, so the fan vote is irrelevant.
Kim Ha-Sung is also in eighth place among second basemen. He has 200,453 votes. Despite his stellar defense, it’s still a tough race. It might be even harder to get in through the team vote.
At least Kim is in good shape. Many of his teammates didn’t even get 200,000 votes. Catcher Austin Nola is ninth among catchers with 124,407 votes, first baseman Jake Cronenweth is sixth among first basemen with 165,526 votes, and designated hitter Matt Carpenter is ninth with 139,446 votes.토스카지노
It’s clear from the fan voting that hitting is more important than defense. Kim’s batting numbers don’t really stand out. However, it’s possible that the team’s vote is as much about defense as it is about overall performance.