Let’s take a look at the current results of the 2022 NL All-Star Game team balloting. Are they fair to the Miami Marlins? Are they unfair? Should different players be in the lead? Let’s take a look at the balloting and see if have anything to be critical about. In the meantime, please vote if you haven’t done so already. I believe that the best players should go to the All-Star Game and am going to be unbiased in my opinion on the matter.
The All-Star Game ballot is an important way to gauge fan perception of Miami Marlins players.
One thing that’s often forgotten about the All-Star Game, is that it’s not just a fan vote to select the best players from the season. It’s also a way to see which players are more popular (fair or not), and to see who is perceived to be the best players at different positions by fans in general. Remember, there are fans who don’t just vote for players from their favorite teams, but players who they believe deserve the vote in the first place.
Second base is a position that is filled very well by the Miami Marlins. We already established that Jazz Chisholm Jr. is the best second baseman in the game, but does the vote reflect that reality? YES. Chisholm is leading the second base vote with 634,762 votes! Who is in second place? Ozzie Albies of the Atlanta Braves with 589,804 votes. It’s a close race, but Chisholm surely deserves to win.
What about the starting pitching race? Sandy Alcantara leads the Majors in WAR at the moment. Is he leading the vote for his position? We don’t know! In a perhaps strange turn of events, pitchers will actually be chosen by the players themselves. As a result, we won’t know until later on if Alcantara is going to pitch in the All-Star Game.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. deserves to start at second base for the NL All-Star team. Will he though? That is the question that unfortunately we won’t have an answer for until later on. It’s sad that he’s not running away with the vote, but he’s still in first place.