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Your Take: Choosing the All-Stars
Fans should choose, but accountability needed
Posted: Thursday July 08, 1999 01:08 PM
CNN/SI asked users what, if anything, needed to be done to alleviate the controversy over this year's All-Star voting. More than 1,500 submissions later, we've heard it all. Most people who submitted want some degree of fan involvement, though some think that managers and players should control the selection of starters. Others said that the decision should be purely statistical. For some of the most interesting submissions, read on:
I think that a good point is being made about the fact that the WEB can be
abused in this case. And certainly the fans are going to be biased. Now, it
is also true that temas with bigger markets have an advantage. It is
possible to adopt a system were the players, the fans and probably the
managers have a saying.
Fans support the players with the high ticket and refreshment prices and
should be given some say. However, it does seem to be a popularity vote
and those that don't follow the game are doing an injustice to those
players who are having an outstanding season and should be recognized with
an "All Star" next to their name. Managers/players both should get the
honor of selecting the starting roster and the fans should get the say-so
for one player per position as a popular vote.
Leave it the way it is. This is the fans only chance to put the players
on the field they want to see. The managers get to fill in any player who
should have been selected. Let Juan cry all he wants. It seems like it
would mean more to a true baseball guy to be picked by another baseball
person than the fans. By the way did they not send any All-Star Ballots to
Absolutely, the fans should elect who plays in the All Star game.
I'll vote for the All-Star lineup the old fashioned way, with the remote
control. I want to see an All-Star game, not a ballot stuffing contest.
The voting should take place over a shorter timespan with the statistics
determining who gets on the ballot. The only position that should have
been up for grabs is shortstop where Omar, Derek, Nomar, and A-Rod are all
playing at a high level.
Once again, Baseball seems to have messed up something as simple as
voting in our favorite players in the All-Star. The fans are the ones who
support the game, so in essence we should be the only ones selecting these
players and not managers, owners or the players themselves. To simplify the
process, keep balloting away from the Internet. Voting should only be held
at the ballparks where you'll find the "real" fans anyway and not just some
computer geek who downloaded a site.
Players vote for the starters, managers pick the rest of the team. Time to
get rid of the rule that every team gets a representative. Only true
All-Stars should be there. Doing it this way will also stop first half
wonders from starting or just being picked based on half a years
The fans should pick the teams. This keeps them involved and more
interested. Let's keep in mind who pays these guys salaries.
There absolutely no way the fans should be allowed to have a total say in
who gets voted to start the All-Star game. When I go to games, I see
people who have no idea who any of the players on other teams are just
picking who the person sitting next to them is picking. I consider myself
a fan of the game, not a fan of 1 particular player or team. Most fans,
however, do not see it that way. They just figure since they are sitting
in the Ballpark in Arlington that every Texas Rangers player
should be an all-star. As much as I would like to see Rusty Greer or Royce Clayton make the
team, they are not deserving based on performance on the field. There
should be a system in place like the NFL has that would include fans,
players, and coaches. If not, Cal Ripken Jr. will be
the starting 3rd baseman well into the next century.
The starters should be picked using some statistical model (BA, RBI,
errors, etc....). The fans should still get vote on their favorite
players, but not as starters. The All Stars (Baseball, Football,
Basketball, Hockey) should be about who performed the best, not who has the
I think the All-Star game should be based on wut the fans wanna see. It
is in fact really "their" game isn't it? Just because a lot of fans watch
the Indians they must be doing something right! The good teams deserve to
let the people who've had a great season, play in the All-Star game. I
don't really think though it's fair to vote on the internet. It is what
the people want, but still, anyone can vote and keep voting.
I do think it is unfair for All-Stars to be chosen solely by the fans,
because there are so many ways to corrupt that system. I believe that
All-Stars should be chosen by a points system including voting by fans,
players and managers in combination with stats. If you added up points
scored by popularity and by stats, maybe you would have a system that would
be a little more fair.
The fans should be able to vote because it is their game. I know that it
is a cliche, but without the fans there is no game. Of course there will
be times where one person gets picked over another, but isn't that the way
it works in my world too?
The All Star game should be like the People's Choice Awards, the fans
vote. It is fun entertainment, NOTHING else. But, at the end of the year
with things like MVP, Gold Gloves, etc. ,etc., it should be fellow players,
coaches and the press.
The Fans. The players get all the money. At least let the fans decide the
players of just one day. The decision shall be base not just on the
numbers any player is putting up, the rapport between the players and the
fans should be considered. Who to better decide who gets to be an all-star
than the ones who put up all the money to pay the ridiculous salaries that
the players get, the fans.
The athletes play for the fans, therefore I definitely think the fans
should decide the starting line up. But there should be a more controlled
way of regulating who votes. Voting through the Internet allows people to
cast their vote more than once and thus altering the ballot. At least the
managers, who have a better knowledge of the game can pick the rest of the
players who deserved to play due to their stats rather than popularity.
I think it's just fine to have the fans decide the players they want to
see in the All-Star game. Fans who have Internet access should vote that
way, and the ones who are not should grab the ballots they have at games or
grocery stores, vote, and send it in the old-fashioned way. The only catch
is that fans should only have one vote. Either by Internet or by mail. Not
both and not 22 times. I'll admit I must have voted at least 7 or 8 times
myself but I was also allowed to. If I wasn't I wouldn't.
It has always been the fans who vote for the all star teams. I have been
a baseball fan for a lot of years. Periodically, certain players lobby for
voting by the players. It is the fan who pays to go to the ball game, it
is the "fans" game. It is a shame that more fans in Texas don't attend the
game and vote. Email voting certainly makes an even playing field, since
fans who can't or don't attend games still have a vote. Sounds like
Gonzalez thinks more of himself, then the fans do!
I think the players should be chosen by their stats for the season. The
players with the most homeruns, RBI, stolen bases, etc., should be chosen
to play. Evidently they are the best players and should be playing. There
is no need to vote at all.
Many baseball fans are upset with the number of Indians in the starting
lineup. Why shouldn't the best team in baseball which sells out all of its
games be well represented? If you don't like it, go to the park and vote.
When I was growing up in Cleveland in the 80s, it took four years to have
four Indians All-Stars, including such memorable legends as Brook Jacoby
and Ken Schrom. Those whose teams are down complain, and those who have
players in the lineup gloat. Its nothing new and its just an exhibition.
Voting to see which teams play in the World Series, now that would be a
Each MLB team should be issued an equal amount of ballots for the fans.
No online ballots counted. Players managers and coaches should have a
vote. That is all the votes that should be counted.
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