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Trevor Story has gotten most of the attention of Rockies fans for his position in the voting and rightfully so. Story’s lack of votes has been atrocious since he leads NL shortstops in batting average (.294), RBI (48), stolen bases (12), and his 17 HR are one off the pace of Javier Baez who has 4 times as many votes as Story (1,672,062 compared to Story’s 457,159) and sits in first while Story was in fourth as of the last update.
But this problem is much more than just an anomaly at the NL Shortstop position. It’s a deep-seeded, growing issue that awards players for playing in cities with the largest populations rather than for having the best seasons at their position. The resulting “all star” game hurts players, disappoints fans, and quite honestly is beginning to make a mockery of the sport.
Making the correct All-Star selections is crucial for the growth of the sports as well as for players when the time comes they are up for Hall of Fame votes. Complaints of snubs should be taken seriously instead of being brushed off as whining from home-town fans.
If MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wants to increase the baseball fan-base he should spend less time on pitch clocks and more time trying to fix a Midsummer Classic that is supposed to be a National Exhibition of everything great in baseball but instead has turned into a perfect example of everything wrong with the league in 2019.