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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Here are finalists to start ‘21 All-Star Game

These were the five leading vote getters across MLB in Phase 1:

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., TOR: 2,704,788 votes
Ronald Acuña Jr., ATL: 2,510,041 votes
Salvador Perez, KC: 2,150,968 votes
Mike Trout, LAA: 2,084,542 votes
Fernando Tatis Jr., SD: 2,052,642 votes
Vote totals have been reset for all players heading into Phase 2, and the Astros have the most representatives on the final ballot with seven, followed by the Blue Jays, Dodgers and Cubs with five each. Overall, 20 teams have at least one representative in Phase 2.

Phase 2 will last for four days, beginning at noon ET on Monday and concluding on Thursday at 2 p.m. ET. At 9 p.m. ET on Thursday night, the starting teams will be announced during the 2021 Google MLB All-Star Starters Reveal on ESPN.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2021 at 06:57 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JJ1986 Posted: June 29, 2021 at 02:53 PM (#6026865)
Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker are ahead of Mookie Betts and Juan Soto. I'd much rather see the great players starting the ASG.
   2. Dolf Lucky Posted: June 29, 2021 at 03:58 PM (#6026887)
I guess I don't care, in that I haven't watched the ASG in years, but when and why did we go to a 2-phase vote model? Is this part of a new totally outrageous paradigm?
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2021 at 05:06 PM (#6026899)
They changed it because everyone loves politics, so baseball adopted a primary system to connect with the "youths."
   4. jingoist Posted: June 29, 2021 at 05:29 PM (#6026905)
I must agree with Dolf; in the years preceding ESPN and inter league play ASG’s were our one mid year chance to see players in the league that your home town team wan’t in.
As a kid growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950’s ASGs and the World Series were my only chance to see Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, et al.
Now that BBRef exits, I can see stats about bench players on teams, let alone stars stats.
If I am near a tv when the game is onI’ll probably watch.....the home run hitting contest, no way.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2021 at 05:44 PM (#6026909)
Huh, I still love the ASG, it's the only sport's ASG that is at all watchable or close to being played the way it is in the regular season (minus all the substitutions). To each his own though. I'm kinda meh on the Derby, but I've found myself more interested in recent years, and I'll definitely tune in to see Ohtani.
   6. Tin Angel Posted: June 29, 2021 at 07:36 PM (#6026925)
Is this part of a new totally outrageous paradigm?

MLB felt the need to be more proactive.
   7. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: June 29, 2021 at 08:09 PM (#6026931)
This sports league is disrupting the All-Star selection process by thinking outside the (check)box! When you see which league it is, your jaw will drop!
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: June 29, 2021 at 08:25 PM (#6026936)
only 5 or 6 years ago, the Home Run Derby was the most tedious "competition" in sports history.
really really really really bad. now add a lot more 'reallys.'
#stupefying #paintdryisontheotherchannel

they finally revised the format, and it improved 1000X.

still not enough to get me to watch, probably. but at least now I can imagine that someone else possibly could.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 29, 2021 at 08:42 PM (#6026939)
The ‘finalist election’ penalizes the players who may have started slowly, but then came on strong, such as Kyle Schwarber or Gary Sanchez, this year. Early votes can look pretty bad by late June, and this makes it more difficult to for the players actually having the best seasons to be elected.
   10. Cooper Nielson Posted: June 29, 2021 at 10:21 PM (#6026964)
Is this part of a new totally outrageous paradigm?

MLB felt the need to be more proactive.

Hahaha, I remember going to a Blue Jays game in 2001 with a friend/colleague (who went on to become a baseball writer for the Canadian Press) and when the new mascots Ace and Diamond came over to harass our section, his response was "They're totally in my face!"
   11. Howie Menckel Posted: June 29, 2021 at 11:11 PM (#6026981)
kudos to Schwarber for making a mockery of this stupid ASG voting plan.

"ok, 9 OFs to choose from so first I'll take Schwarber, duh.... wait, he's not even ON THE BALLOT?"

they should pinch-hit for the dullest OF on a first AB and let him play the rest of the game, assuming they can't fix this nonsense.
   12. homerwannabee Posted: June 30, 2021 at 10:57 AM (#6027014)
I've noticed it's hard to find mentions of Ohtani on this site.
The dude is setting the baseball world on fire and I don't see any recent articles on him.
He's an anomaly, and so I find this especially strange.

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