Ballot-stuffing by fan bases goes back over fifty years, but perhaps never has it been more abused than this year by Royals' fans voting for their heroes.
But to be fair, are Royals' fans to be blamed?
Well, no, they shouldn't be--because they are just showing the adoration they have for a team that previous to last year hadn't made the post season since 1985. That said, putting Omar Infante, the worst hitter statistically in the American League, to start at second base just because he wears the blue and white is a tad irresponsible.
I went to vote on the MLB website as I do every year to cast my ballot--just once. However, if I felt like it, I could do it another 34 times! Who came up with this system? It actually encourages ballot-stuffing.
Hopefully, the situation will clear itself up with fifteen days left before the polls close. Otherwise, the All Star Game will be a mockery, with some of the games' elite either not being in the AL starting lineup or not making the team at all.
The time has come to take away the voting from the fans. It's really an unfair game to begin with that favors the larger markets that have the most voting potential, anyway. Give the players, managers, and coaches votes and be done with it. It's long been a popularity contest, and now with the home field advantage for the World Series on the line, the All Star game selection should be taken more seriously.