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Monday, July 06, 2015

Neyer: Where There’s Smoak, There’s Fire

This contest determined by popular vote has totally devolved into a popularity contest!

Flat-out question: If you’re building two teams for the rest of the season and you get two of everything including six outfielders, how many Royals’re you choosing?

You know what? I think Gordon and Cain actually make my team, perhaps even as starters! With Perez backing up Russell Martin. So, yes—with the exception of Escobar, the Royals’ starters are pretty well-deserving. By this standard that I’ve just invented, anyway.

Well done! Good job, Major League Baseball and All-Star voters!

Still, I can’t quite get rid of this nagging little thought in the back of my mind that whatever the results might suggest, THE PROCESS IS ROYALLY FAKAKTA.

What else, after all, are we to make of a system that might have given us seven Kansas City Royals in the starting lineup, including Omar Infante?

What else are we to make of a system suggesting that Justin Smoak is more popular than Albert Pujols?*

* I mean, seriously, folks. This column will be on the site for about six seconds before someone tweets at me, “Don’t you know it’s a popularity contest, idiot!” Yeah, I do. I also know that Albert Pujols is more popular than Justin Smoak, by literally ANY OTHER MEASURE designed by man or beast.


Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Deford: All-Star Games Are Worthless If The Players Are Not All-Stars

So right now –– just to take one example –– Salvador Perez has 11,666,785 votes for catcher. What does that mean? It’s like light years or grains of sand on the beach, just number numbers.

But having fans vote is the way leagues like to run All-Star balloting nowadays, instead of being old-fashioned and letting the choices be made by people who actually know something, people we dare call experts.

You see, when fans vote, it’s interactive. It’s an interactive world now. Baseball’s rationale is that if you voted your thirty-five times for Salvador Perez, interactively, you’ll then be on pins and needles to see if he can win. You’re invested in Salvador Perez.

But actually it’s the reverse, because the irony is that if you want to get fans just plain actively engaged, the fewer decision-makers the better. Half the fun in the selection of All-Stars — or any award winners — is being able to castigate the people who made the choices you disagree with as dimwitted dummies.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 01, 2015 at 12:03 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, fan voting, frank deford, npr, royals

Sunday, June 14, 2015

How long will baseball let the All-Star Game be a joke?

Are you ready to watch the Kansas City Royals take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the All-Star Game next month? I hope so. That’s what we’re going to get.

Wahoo Sam Posted: June 14, 2015 at 01:20 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game

Friday, June 12, 2015

Why Norichika Aoki Should start the All-Star Game

A pictorial essay on expounding on the assets of Aoki.  He is technically 6th in fWAR among NL OFs.

zenbitz Posted: June 12, 2015 at 03:20 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, giants, grimace, royals

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The first batch of All-Star vote tallies are out and the Royals are dominating

Would be fitting if Royals fans stuffed the ballot for the All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

Fans of the Kansas City Royals spent the early part of the season defending their team — either because they weren’t getting enough respect after their 2014 World Series run or because they were being painted as villains after they made the benches clear a few times.

Now, it appears Royals fans have focused their energy on another plight: making sure they dominate All-Star game voting. MLB released the first batch of AL vote tallies Tuesday and the Royals fans proved themselves the king and queen keyboard clackers, as five Royals would be starters if voting ended right now.

Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Alex Gordon and overall vote leader Salvador Perez lead their positions. At the positions where Royals aren’t first, they’re second. Even Alex Rios, who has played just seven games this season is in sixth place for outfielders, ahead of Jacoby Ellsbury, Jose Bautista and Michael Brantley. Totally warranted, right?


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Manfred: Rose will be allowed to be part of All-Star Game

What are the odds?

Commissioner Rob Manfred says Pete Rose will be allowed to participate in activities surrounding this summer’s All-Star Game in his hometown of Cincinnati.

Rose, baseball’s career hits leader and a former Reds star player and manager, agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport in 1989 after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded he bet on his team to win while he was managing the club.

Manfred said initial thoughts about Rose’s role at the July 14 game will come from Reds owner Bob Castellini.

“I’ve agreed with Mr. Castellini that we’re going to have a conversation about what specific kind of participation the Reds are interested in, and we have not had that conversation yet,” Manfred said Thursday during a meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editors. “You can rest assured that he will about allowed to participate in some of the activities.”

MLB permitted Rose to take part in the All-Century team announcement at Atlanta’s Turner Field during the 1999 World Series and a Reds ceremony in 2013 honoring their 1975 and ‘76 championship teams.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2015 at 02:32 PM | 199 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, banishment, pete rose, reds, rob manfred

The early leaders in MLB’s “Franchise Four” thing have been announced

You’ll recall Major League Baseball’s “Franchise Four” thing, in which fans vote for “the most impactful players who best represent each Major League franchise” and some overall categories as well… here are the results thus far:

The District Attorney Posted: April 23, 2015 at 12:32 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, franchise four, history

Poz - Koufax not one of greatest living players

If I was listing the four living players who best exemplify what baseball means to me, I would include Koufax, Mays, Aaron and Rose, those players who filled my imagination as a boy. If I was to list the four most thrilling players who are still living, I might include Koufax and Rickey, Bonds and Pedro (or Ryan). If I had to list the four most iconic players still living, I might say Yogi, Mays, Aaron and Koufax.

But four greatest living players? Realistically, Koufax just isn’t on that list.

So explains why he feels Koufax shouldn’t have been listed on the Greatest Living Player ballot by MLB based on numbers but also explains why Koufax should have been listed seeing as he has a good chance to win a spot even with 20 or 50 players listed to put him on equal footing with Clemens, Unit, Maddux or whoever.

bbmck Posted: April 23, 2015 at 11:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, great baseball players

Monday, February 16, 2015

With 2017 All-Star Game in Miami, Baltimore’s conspiracy theories need re-examining

...So I’m not buying what MLB is selling: the idea that the Orioles’ legal entanglement over Mid-Atlantic Sports Network TV-rights fees with the Washington Nationals and MLB is not at least a contributing factor to their wait to host the All-Star Game again. That just doesn’t ring completely true to me…

 

NattyBoh Posted: February 16, 2015 at 12:49 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, masn, mlb, orioles

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Baseball’s All-Star Game coming to Marlins Park in 2017

The 2017 All-Star Game will be played at Marlins Park.

Officials are expected to announce within the week that Miami has been awarded the Midsummer Classic for the first time, multiple sources with knowledge of the agreement confirmed Tuesday to the Miami Herald.

Marlins and Major League Baseball officials refused to comment.

The awarding of the 2017 event will mark the end of a long and bumpy road to bring the All-Star Game to South Florida.
The Marlins tried — and failed — in their bid to host the 2015 All-Star Game at their new, retractable roof ballpark, which opened in 2012.

Major League Baseball awarded the 2000 All-Star Game to South Florida, only to yank it away and hand it to Atlanta following the dismantling of the 1997 World Series team.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 11, 2015 at 10:37 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, marlins

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Calcaterra: Petco Park is getting the 2016 All-Star Game

It worked.

Baltimore was supposed to get the 2016 All-Star Game. This is what happens when you mess with the king, Baltimore…

Here are the details behind Baltimore getting shut out of their All-Star Game.

The District Attorney Posted: January 17, 2015 at 02:46 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, padres

 

 

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