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Monday, July 08, 2002

2002 Complete Baseball Primer All-Star Balloting

Complete Balloting

Nine Primer authors - Rich Rifkin, Jim Furtado, Mike Emeigh., Charlie Saeger, Don Malcolm, Sean Forman, Joe Dimino, Eric Enders, and Chris Dial - participated.

Here are the AL players who received votes, with the first number representing   his vote total, and the second number representing a vote for him as a starter:

D. Lowe 9/9
  A. Rodriguez 9/9
  T. Hunter 9/9
  A. Soriano 9/8
  I. Suizuki 9/7
  Ja. Giambi 9/7
  E. Chavez 9/6
  J. Posada 9/5
  A.J. Pierzynski 9/4
  E. Hinske 9/1
  M. Ramirez 8/5
  M. Ordonez 8/4
  M. Sweeney 8/2
  N. Garciaparra 8/0
  P. Martinez 8/0
  O. Vizquel 7/0
  J. Thome 7/0
  J. Moyer 7/0
  P. Konerko 6/0
  J. Olerud 6/0
  R. Halladay 6/0
  J. Weaver 6/0
  D. Jeter 6/0
  B. Williams 5/2
  M. Tejada 5/0
  J. Damon 5/0
  E. Guardado 5/0
  K. Sasaki 5/0
  M. Rivera 5/0
  B. Zito 5/0

R. Ventura 4/1
  T. Salmon 4/0
  T. Batista 4/0
  B. Colon 3/0
  K. Rogers 3/0
  S. Karsay 3/0
  T. Fiore 3/0
  Ra. Ortiz 3/0
  J. Washburn 2/0
  I. Rodrgiuez 2/0
  C. Guillen 2/0
  F. Garcia 2/0
  J.C. Romero 2/0
  J. Varitek 2/0
  U. Urbina 2/0
  R. Winn 2/0
  M. Buehrle 2/0
  T. Wakefield 2/0
  R. Durham 2/0
  A. Kennedy 1/1
  S. Hillenbrand 1/1
  R. Lopez 1/0
  J. Pineiro 1/0
  L. Hawkins 1/0
  M. Cameron 1/0

Note that by chance the dividing line of players making our team and players   missing the cut happened to fall on 30.

Here are the NL vote-getters:

S. Sosa 9/9
  B. Bonds 9/9
  T. Helton 9/9
  M. Lowell 9/9
  T. Glavine 9/7
  M. Piazza 9/5
  J. Spivey 9/4
  P. Lo Duca 9/4
  J. Vidro 9/2
  R. Johnson 9/1
  E. Gagne 9/0
  J. Edmonds 8/3
  B. Giles 8/2
  C. Schilling 8/1
  A. Dunn 8/0
  O. Perez 8/0
  J. Hernandez 7/6
  S. Green 7/1
  L. Berkman 7/1
  J. Kent 6/2
  R. Klesko 6/0
  V. Guerrero 6/0
  J. Rollins 5/2
  L. Castillo 5/0
  C. Floyd 5/0
  V. Padilla 5/0
  R. Sexson 5/0
  R. Nen 5/0
  S. Rolen 5/0
  S. Stewart 4/0

M. Barrett 4/0
  A. Pujols 3/0
  L. Walker 3/0
  K. Wells 3/0
  R. Oswalt 3/0
  A. Jones 2/1
  W. Williams 2/0
  E. Dessens 2/0
  B. Abreu 2/0
  G. White 2/0
  B.H. Kim 2/0
  D. Miller 2/0
  T. Houston 2/0
  B. Colon 2/0
  M. Morris 2/0
  A.J. Burnett 2/0
  R. Alomar 1/1
  B. Larkin 1/1
  M. Williams 1/0
  Je. Giambi 1/0
  P. Astacio 1/0
  E. Alfonso 1/0
  J. Fogg 1/0
  G. Roberts 1/0
  M. Kotsay 1/0
  E. Renterria 1/0
  M. Remlinger 1/0
  J. Bagwell 1/0
  G. Madduz 1/0
  A. Leiter 1/0
  J. Smoltz 1/0
  C. Hammond 1/0

As you can see with the National Leaguers, the division at 30 players was not   as clean. But I figured we would be better off with another relief pitcher,   as opposed to a third catcher, so I made the "group decision" to go   with Stewart over Barrett. (I should note that I happened to have not voted   for either man.)


Rich Rifkin Posted: July 08, 2002 at 06:00 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Geoff Posted: July 08, 2002 at 12:34 AM (#605484)
Somebody voted for Adam Kennedy as starting second baseman over Soriano? Adam Kennedy, who has fewer walks this season than Soriano? Wow. I'd be very interested to hear the rationale behind THAT selection.
   2. Dan Szymborski Posted: July 12, 2002 at 12:35 AM (#605539)
Simple. Dial's motto is "Contrarywise."

On a serious note, there's a fairly large defense gap and while most won't go as far as I do (I didn't vote in this because for All-Star Games, I base it solely on who I like), a lot of people do consider the previous season or seasons when making a decision.

By Dial's methods, Kennedy was 18 runs more valuable than Soriano in 2001 overall with the defense between Kennedy and Soriano being about the same the other way this year.

Even if you don't agree with his methodology, it's certainly possible to defend Kennedy over Soriano purely objectively based on reasonable criteria.

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