It’s that time of year again. The time when some of the game’s best players get overlooked while some of the most overrated players on teams in the biggest markets travel to play in an All-Star game that is becoming more and more of a joke every year.
Don’t get me wrong, I love watching the MLB All-Star Game and I’m thrilled that it no longer determines home-field advantage in the World Series. However, there are certain mind-boggling aspects of our current ASG situation that are going to drive fans mad–and I’m not just talking about the head-scratching decision to have Google searches equal All-Star votes.
Every year we go through the same discussion, the only thing that makes this year different is just how much worse it looks. I think it’s safe to say that there are fans of 14 other National League teams that are tired of seeing Chicago Cubs players atop voting leader-boards well ahead of where their performances suggest they should be.
This has been a problem since the Cubs returned to relevance in 2015 but it has reached new levels of ridiculousness in 2019.
Currently, the Cubs have three outfielders in the top 9 in voting, which is strange because they probably only have one outfielder who would qualify as a top 10 in the NL–Kyle Schwarber. Right now Albert Almora, Jr is fourth in OF voting in the NL. Almora is a decent player but he is far from the fourth-best outfielder in the NL. He’s hitting in the .250’s with 7 HR, 21 RBI, and only 2 stolen bases. Almora’s OBP is under .300 (!) and yet he is safely in fourth place while far better players like Charlie Blackmon (who’s hitting .336 with 17 HR, 48 RBI and a 1.031 OPS) and Bryce Harper (12 HR and 50 RBI) battle for a spot in the top 9.