The online ballot for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game officially opened this week, but before Royals fans make like a Thanksgiving turkey and get to stuffing, there’s a few new wrinkles they should know.
This year, to curtail the number of average Kansas City players who make it into the Midsummer Classic, the league has imposed a maximum of 35 votes per person. While smarter types than I will likely find a way around the restriction, it should at least lower the threat level of Omar Infante sneaking his way into the game to yellow.
And it really is imperative we send the league’s best to the All-Star Game because, once again, the game will be hosted by a city marred by truly awful baseball. Scenic San Diego is the site of this year’s game, and poor Padres fans haven’t seen a whiff of truly great baseball since Tony Gwynn was still kicking. For such a long suffering bunch, it just seems cruel to send them a cut of the AL’s most average, like Alex Gordon.
Of course, Padres fans could end up watering down the product, themselves, if they try to get one of their own guys in the game. Matt Kemp is probably the only San Diego starter with an outside chance of getting in, and even then, it should be as a reserve.
Voting runs until June 30, which is eons for a league that plays everyday. So even though some players have dogged it out of the gate, there’s plenty of time to return to All-Star form before voters completely forget about your existence.
A few races should be enthralling from the get-go, and none more than the hot corner in both leagues. Last year in the AL, it was a battle between Josh Donaldson and Mike Moustakas that came down to the wire. Now youngster Manny Machado is playing well enough to throw his hat in the ring, but will he have the support? The reigning NL third baseman, Todd Frazier, is now on the Chi-Sox, leaving an opening for Matt Carpenter, Nolan Arenado, and Kris Bryant to vie for national affection.
The game is a long ways away, and the internet is sure to throw it for a loop, but here are our early odds for the 2016 MLB All-Star vote.
Odds to be the leading vote-getter:
Over/under on number of votes for the lead vote-getter: 13.5 million
Odds to have the most ASG starters:
Odds a member of the Padres gets voted in as a starter: 17/2
Odds to start at third base for the American League:
Odds to start at third base for the National League:
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