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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sale, Rizzo Win 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote

I assume Keuchel got 0.0 votes.

The creative campaigns are over. Twitter voting ended in a furious rally. And at the end of the four-day online voting program, it is Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox and Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs who were chosen by fans as the winners of the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Sale and Rizzo earned the final two AL and NL All-Star Team roster spots through online voting on MLB.com, the individual Club sites and Twitter, where designated player hashtags counted during the final six hours of voting.

On the NL ballot, Rizzo passed Justin Morneau (Colorado) on Wednesday night and ultimately held off both Morneau and the leading Twitter vote-getter, Justin Upton (Atlanta). Rizzo received 8.8 million votes and became the first Cubs player to win the All-Star MLB.com Final Vote. The top three were followed by Anthony Rendon (Washington) and Casey McGehee (Miami)...

Sale held off a late charge from Garrett Richards, who trailed only Upton in Twitter voting. Fellow AL starting pitchers Rick Porcello (Detroit), Corey Kluber (Cleveland) and Dallas Keuchel (Houston) followed Sale and Richards.

This year’s All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian concluded with an incredible sustained average of 65,000 votes per minute across the multiple balloting platforms over the final six hours today, including a dramatic final 10 minutes before the 4:00 p.m. (ET) deadline when Twitter voting accounted for nearly one-quarter of all votes cast.

As noted above, the top two leading Twitter vote-getters were #VoteJUp and #VoteGRich, followed by #VoteKluber, #VoteMorneau and #VoteRizzo in the top five. All of the leading contenders had their hashtags trending in the U.S., worldwide and in their respective local markets, ultimately leading to 52.5 million votes cast.

The District Attorney Posted: July 10, 2014 at 08:27 PM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: all-star game, anthony rizzo, chris sale, cubs, white sox

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   1. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: July 10, 2014 at 09:37 PM (#4748452)
Chris Sale's so good
   2. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: July 10, 2014 at 10:02 PM (#4748461)
Yeah, I'm glad Sale got the vote. I know he's missed some starts this year, but he's still one of the best pitchers in the game.
   3. Dan Posted: July 10, 2014 at 10:07 PM (#4748466)
Hey, those are the two guys I voted for a few times each. The system works!
   4. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: July 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM (#4748477)
Sale is so much better and so much more deserving than those other 4, both this year and career wise, that it's a joke he had to compete with them. It's like trying to decide among Mike Schmidt, Ken Reitz, Ray Knight, Joel Youngblood, and Jerry Martin for the last man in 1979.
   5. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: July 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM (#4748492)
#4. BS.

Richards has the lowest BAA against in the AL, and is 6,7 or 8 in K's, WHIP and W's. He has him in IP too. He has been very, very good. He absolutely deserved to be in the conversation. Sale might be a bit better, but it's terribly close. Your analogy re: 1979 is utter bullshit.

EDIT. Sale is first in BAA against. Must have changed in the last few days.
   6. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: July 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM (#4748496)
Sale has also been performing at a HOF level for 3 years now. Until this season, Richards has been below replacement level. But the main point is, no way Sale should have been in this position in the first place.

edit: and the point of the comparison is that one guy has established greatness while the others are nobodies having a nice first half.
   7. chisoxcollector Posted: July 10, 2014 at 11:18 PM (#4748504)
Justice is served!
   8. DL from MN Posted: July 10, 2014 at 11:21 PM (#4748509)
Boooo. At least Morneau is in the HR derby
   9. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: July 10, 2014 at 11:34 PM (#4748515)
Well, I have always been of the mind that AS games are about the season in question, not a body of work. But that's a reasonable stance.

I still hold that Garrett deserved to be in the vote in contest and your analogy was still - and forever will be - bullshit. This is GR's first chance as a starter, and he's been astounding.
   10. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: July 10, 2014 at 11:42 PM (#4748524)
I still hold that Garrett deserved to be in the vote in contest


Yes, maybe he does. Sale shouldn't have been. He's easily one of the top 5 AL pitchers, both for this year and body of work wise.

This is GR's first chance as a starter, and he's been astounding.


Yeah, and he might be Jack Armstrong.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: July 11, 2014 at 12:07 AM (#4748538)
I look forward to 2016 when the Cubs hold down all 8 starting spots and Alcantara wins the extra man ballot.

(alas, due to the team ERA of 15.36, the 2016 Cubs are barely clinging to 500 at the AS break.)
   12. Baldrick Posted: July 11, 2014 at 05:23 AM (#4748562)
I still hold that Garrett deserved to be in the vote in contest and your analogy was still - and forever will be - bullshit. This is GR's first chance as a starter, and he's been astounding.

Jesus, are you Garrett Richard's father?

The guy is having a really nice year and wouldn't be a terrible AS pick. He has a legitimate case for being the best of the other four guys. But Chris Sale is one of the two or three best pitchers in the AL and has been a heck of a lot better in 2014. No one thinks Richards would be a terrible pick. They're laughing at the idea that Sale could only get into the game this way
   13. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:38 AM (#4748608)
There is no greater sign of the imminent demise of Western Civilization than deciding anything of any consequence at all via Twitter poll.
   14. zonk Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM (#4748651)
I look forward to 2016 when the Cubs hold down all 8 starting spots and Alcantara wins the extra man ballot.

(alas, due to the team ERA of 15.36, the 2016 Cubs are barely clinging to 500 at the AS break.)


Come now, Walt -- by 2016, we're looking at the last year of Edwin Jackson's contract... They can probably just cut him in May, which ought to shave 4-5 runs off that team ERA.
   15. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: July 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM (#4748759)
Sale is so much better and so much more deserving than those other 4, both this year and career wise, that it's a joke he had to compete with them. It's like trying to decide among Mike Schmidt, Ken Reitz, Ray Knight, Joel Youngblood, and Jerry Martin for the last man in 1979.



The anaolgy is spot on

Sale = 1979 Schmidt
Richards + 1979 Ray Knight
Porcello, Kluber, Keuchel are comparable to Youngblood/Martin, but Reitz was a bottomless hole of suck, perhaps Hebner in his place

   16. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 01:08 PM (#4748769)
Well, I picked Reitz because of his famous hot starts, though I see now that in 1979 he didn't sustain it as long.
   17. Matt Welch Posted: July 11, 2014 at 02:46 PM (#4748900)
Yeah, and he might be Jack Armstrong.

Richards this year has already bested Armstrong's career high in strikeouts and WAR. Not sure Jack threw 97 with movement and dynamite breaking stuff, but my memories are fuzzy.
   18. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: July 11, 2014 at 03:00 PM (#4748914)
I guess this is where Angel fans are coming to boo the voting results? Because booooooooooo.
   19. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: July 11, 2014 at 03:29 PM (#4748958)
hough I see now that in 1979 he didn't sustain it as long.


never did

his career splits are among the most remarkable I've ever seen, career April:
314/.351/.424

next best month: .259/.290/.366 (June)
worst month: .246/.279/.333 (July)

and it's not like he had 2 insanely good Aprils throwing thngs off
   20. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 03:35 PM (#4748970)
never did

his career splits are among the most remarkable I've ever seen, career April:
314/.351/.424

next best month: .259/.290/.366 (June)
worst month: .246/.279/.333 (July)

and it's not like he had 2 insanely good Aprils throwing thngs off


Yeah, I know that. But in 1980 he did sustain it through May, and parleyed that into a starting spot in the ASG.
   21. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 04:43 PM (#4749015)
Richards this year has already bested Armstrong's career high in strikeouts and WAR. Not sure Jack threw 97 with movement and dynamite breaking stuff, but my memories are fuzzy.


Don't be so literal. After knocking around at below replacement level for 2 years, Jack Armstrong caught lightning in a bottle in the first half of 1990. 13-3, 2.28 ERA, and was selected to start the ASG. He then went right back to being below replacement level. Given that Armstrong posted a 5.96 ERA after the break, his 1.3 WAR for the year was likely much higher at the break. Richards has probably surpassed Armstrong's WAR, but it is far from certain.

edit: I misread Armstrong's WAR for 1990. He had a 2.6 for the year, so he almost certainly was higher than 3.1 at the break.
   22. Tippecanoe Posted: July 11, 2014 at 05:54 PM (#4749051)

The anaolgy is spot on

Sale = 1979 Schmidt


This is the part of the analogy that's shaky.

(Note: I recognize that the original comment was intended to be a bit hyperbolic, and that Sale is the best choice)
   23. Batman Posted: July 11, 2014 at 06:21 PM (#4749069)
I blame Doug Eddings.
   24. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:46 PM (#4749180)
Poor Corey Kluber. No one is even talking about him in this vote and he's having a great season.

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