Teixeira takes a slim lead in ASG voting

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With the All Star Game a little more than a month away, Mark Teixeira has taken a slim lead in the voting over Red Sox’s first baseman Kevin Youkilis. In the latest numbers released today, Teixeira and his hot streak have powered the Yanks’ slugger to a 1209-vote lead over the AL’s leading on-base man. In reality, either would be an acceptable All Star choice, but do we really want to see Youkilis starting with Teixeira on the bench?

In other voting news, Derek Jeter is the clear fan favorite at short, but Evan Longoria has emerged as the Junior Circuit’s leading vote-getter. Joe Mauer has a seemingly insurmountable lead behind the plate, but still 582,715 fans believe Jason Varitek is worthy of an All Star spot. What are they thinking?

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  • Roddy

    Where is Arod in the vote getting?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      882,131 votes behind Longoria but 2nd among AL third basemen. Missing that time with the injury didn’t help.

  • Charlie

    the whole system of all star game voting sucks, by the way there’s no damon in the lineup tonight. i wonder what’s up with that

    • CountryClub

      He’s the DH.

      • Charlie

        oh, nevermind then

  • Dave

    Not to nitpick, but it’s not 1 vote per person. People can vote many times per day for many days. I wouldn’t be surprised if Curt Shilling voted for Varitek 383,838 times now that he has a lot of time on his hands.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      So someone votes their allotted 25 times. That’s still far too many people who think Varitek is an All Star.

      • A.D.

        allotted 25 times…as if people into that don’t just use multiple email addresses.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          I’m sure that’s what happened. One person has used 23,308 e-mail and IP addresses to vote 582,000 times for Jason Varitek.

          • Sweet Dick Willie

            No, but you don’t think that there are 23,308 delusional Sux fans that voted for him 25 times each?

          • Dave

            His name: Peter Gammons.

          • A.D.

            Mandatory for ever ESPN intern to vote 50 times for Tek

          • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

            There are those who think that wearing a C on your jersey makes you an all-star. Those people are seriously deluded, but, apparently, they vote.

            • Rich M

              I thought that was there to remind him what position he played.

            • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals
      • Drew

        *25 times per email address.

  • daneptizl

    What are they thinkig: I want Super Catcher behind the plate.

  • pat

    Wouldn’t albert why didn’t you eliminate them, pujols be considered the leading vote getter for the junior circuit?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Because he plays in the NL, and the Junior Circuit is only the AL.

      • pat

        Hmm, I always thought of the NL as the Junior Circuit.

        Because they suck.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Jeter’s not just a fan favorite, he’s also the correct choice. His .380 wOBA is tops among AL shortstops.

    My adherence to dispassionate rationalism requires me to point out, however, that Ol’ Dead Squirrel-beard has been, by most every meaningful production measurement, the best offensive player in the AL this year and probably deserves to start over Teixeira. They’re both great first basemen; Mark had a bad April, Youk didn’t.

    • kunaldo

      hush with your objectivity!!!

      • Peter

        Good thing there is still 4 weeks left to vote and pile up stats.

  • UWS

    What are they thinking?

    They aren’t. And if they are thinking, I don’t want to know what it is.

  • Observer283

    Pat, the AL is the junior circuit because the NL was around first.

    That Pujols commercial belongs in the pantheon of all time great ESPN commercials. And yes, he is a machine. Hope he doesn’t prevent the AL from getting homefield advatage in the WS.

    • pat

      Ahh ok, thanks. You learn something new every day.

  • A.D.

    Wonder if Cano, Damon, and A-Rod make the squad, even Posada, though he’s missed time with injury he’s been better than Salty or Tek. But figure Mauer and Victor Martinez could get it for the AL.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    They’re thinking the same thing that people who think Jimmy Rollins should be the NL’s starting SS.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      Completely different. Rollins is just an athlete, Varitek is an intelligent player who plays the game the right way. The man is full of intangibles. Those don’t show up on boxscores. The man has a GPI of 2.146!!!!!!

      • Tom Zig

        GPI = Grit per inning?

  • http://votepaulformayor.blogspot.com jsbrendog

    teams with better attendace i feel have an edge when theres not an overall superstar like longoria. because there is no limit to emails and ips when poking the holes out and stuffing the box at fenway.

  • Peter

    Sox fans should vote Varitek onto the team. That’s why it’s called fan voting. Why not vote for your favorites?

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      Because if you are an intelligent fan of a team that has a chance to play in the World Series you should want the best possible team on the field.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Instructions at the top of the ballot:

      “Please make your selections for the 2009 American League All-Star Team. Compare statistics by position and view video clips.”

      It doesn’t say:

      “Please vote for the guys who play for your team, even if they suck balls and you know there’s no freaking earthly way any sane human being would possibly think he’s better than Joe Mauer.”

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    My ballot:

    AMERICAN
    C-Joe Mauer
    1B-CaptainCaveman
    2B-Ian Kinsler
    3B-Evan Longoria
    SS-Derek Jeter
    LF-JayRayBay
    CF-Eric Davis II
    RF-Nelson Cruz
    DH-David Orti—HAHAHAHAHAH, oh, I could not make it through that with a straight face! Seriously, Adam Lind.

    NATIONAL
    C-Brian McCann
    1B-Albert Poo-Holes
    2B-Chase Utley
    3B-Chipper Jones
    SS-Hanley Ramirez
    LF-As much as I thought I’d never write this, Raul Ibañez
    CF-Carlos Beltran
    RF-Justin Upton

    • Rich M

      There is no DH this year. The game is in St Louis.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    But seriously, what is there than can be done about the ASG voting? We could relegate fan voting to only a percentage and give the writers and players more of a sway in voting, but, they’re generally just as unreliable as fans. The solution: let me pick the teams.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      The solution’s really simple: Don’t allow the ASG to count. I have nothing against fan voting. The fans should really vote for the players they want to see play in this exhibition game. The problem is that it actually counts for something that could impact the Yankees this year.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Very true. The ASG definitely needs to not count.

      • yankeegirl49

        BINGO!

    • A.D.

      Just let the guys at Fangraphs pick the teams, then all the bloggers & their spreadsheets will be happy.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

        In their basements. You forgot that part.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    Off topic but today’s draft day. Matzek has dropped from 5 to the Orioles to uncertainty. According to Jonathan Mayo he will not go 5,6,7 or 8. Our chances just went up to 0.0000000000001%.

    • http://votepaulformayor.blogspot.com jsbrendog

      so what youre saying is, there’s a chance?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Can we please keep draft comments in one of the many draft posts we have up for today? As Mike said earlier, the rules still apply even if it’s draft day.

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

        Sorry.

  • zs190

    This isn’t as bad as it would have been last year. ‘Tek hasn’t been all that bad with the bat, .247/.337/.519 and we don’t have great defensive metrics for catcher, so he’s been a good catcher to date. He’s not nearly as good compared to Mauer, but still, pretty good among catchers.

    But David Murphy with 400k votes, what? 259/355/379 with 2 HR and 12 RBI, seriously? He’s -1.1 run with the bat…