Look: I usually don’t get too broken up over All-Star voting. The massive bulk of voting fans tend to be poorly informed, so the outcome becomes more of a pageant for the most famous baseball players than a contest between the very best players in each league.
And I hardly aspire to speak for Mets fans, or, worse yet, tell them what to do. The views here reflect the thoughts of only one Mets fan — me, this guy — and I’ve never been much for groupthink or rah-rahism or any of that stuff.
But I think it’s safe to say, today, that we all need to get up out of our seats right now, walk over to the nearest mirror, and take a long look at ourselves. Placido Polanco is leading NL third basemen in All-Star voting. Placido Polanco.
It’s infuriating enough that five Phillies lead their positions after the first ballot count, and frustrating just to imagine all the drunk, filthy Philadelphians taking time away from vomiting on little girls, hands shaky from all the Tasering, punching in the holes next to every single Phillie on the ballot.
And then, insult to injury, to know they’re actually succeeding in their depraved mission? No. I won’t stand for it.
Placido Polanco’s OPS, even playing half his games in that ridiculous ballpark, is nearly 100 points lower than David Wright’s. Sure, he may play slightly better defense, and Wright’s certainly not having his best year, but holy crap, people. This is David Wright. Handsome golden boy face of the franchise. And we root for a New York team; we’re supposed to be the ones who overvalue our stars and send undeserving players to the All-Star game.
Pathetic. Just pathetic.
Did you know that Wright, despite all the fuss about his struggles, is still tied for first in WAR (per baseball-reference) among NL third basemen with Ryan Zimmerman? It’s true. After them on the list come David Freese, Jorge Cantu, Casey McGehee, Scott Rolen, Chase Headley, Chipper Jones, Casey Blake, Mark Reynolds and Ian Stewart. And then, 12th among NL third basemen, is Placido Polanco.
Congratulations, bro. You’re playing better than Pedro Feliz and Andy LaRoche. You know what that says to me? All-Star.
I voted for Wright five times this morning. Took me all of ten minutes, tops. Gotta support the team, like David Puddy might say.
I also wrote in Angel Pagan a bunch of times, because somehow, in 2010, Major League Baseball still hasn’t managed to get the names of all the guys who are actually playing on the ballot. I know that’s the way it’s always been, and I recognize that it probably takes a lot of time to print and distribute those things to every stadium, but c’mon. Just, c’mon.
Oh, and I voted for Carlos Beltran on every ballot, just because.