The third Cubs’ outfielder, Jason Heyward, currently sits in fifth in NL OF voting, posting a .250 batting average, 10 HR and 26 RBI–once again these numbers hardly reflect a top 5 NL outfielder.
Cubs fans will argue that Heyward is having his best season in years, which is true, but if that is the criteria for receiving All-Star votes than where is the support for Ian Desmond who is also having his best season in years?
Not only that, but Desmond is also having a better season than Heyward and Almora, hitting .271 with 10 HR, 39 RBI, and 19 doubles (trailing only Harper, Dahl and David Peralta for the NL lead among outfielders in that category).
My point isn’t that Ian Desmond should be an All-Star but he is certainly more deserving than two of the current top 5. Nick Markakis is sixth in voting and has had almost an identical season to Dahl except Dahl has about sixty more points on his batting average.
There’s no excuse for what is happening on the NL All-Star ballot right now. This has been a problem in the past but it’s never been nearly this bad.
This problem isn’t only affecting Rockies players either. The New York Mets’ Jeff McNeil is hitting .339 and has been among the batting leaders all season and yet he currently sits a distant 20th in voting.
Marcell Ozuna has been one of the best hitters in the National League in 2019 (18 HR, 57 RBI) and he is well outside the top 9 at 15th. Franmil Reyes has 20 HR and he is nowhere to be seen in the All-Star returns.