The Vote Is In: The Vote Sucks

Thanks to a full-on campaign by the Chicago White Sox, Scott Podsednik, with his .708 OPS is going to the All Star game instead of Our Hero, with his .840 count. Boo.

[Ed note: This post by YF; sorry for the confusion.]

9 comments… add one
  • He’s slugging .336.
    Yankees got jobbed here.
    And the Japanese fans seem to be slacking off – no Suzuki starting and no Matsui for 32nd man?

    Clay July 6, 2005, 11:52 pm
  • If YF thought Michael Young over the Cap’n was an “outrage,” I’d like to hear his unedited opinion now.
    Children, time to leave the room.

    JTP July 6, 2005, 11:58 pm
  • My guess is, that since Piazza has an arm like my grandmother, and pretty much anyone with mediocre speed can steal every base they desire, Podsenik makes good sense. I mean, with Jeter not going, why even have the game? Personally, and I said this before, Jeter really should be there from a fans perspective, but as a manager, I’d take Haffner, Matsui, and Byrnes (for the same reason as Podsednik) before I take him. If a manager is not going to start Jeter for his defense, there is no reason to take him over three or four other players who are a little better this year at other things he may need late in the game. Probably not the popular vote, but makes sense to me.
    Besides, this may be a blessing for Yankee fans right now – it’s been a long first half for the Yanks, and I’m sure Jeter will enjoy not having to answer any questions about his team for a couple days.

    Brad-SF July 7, 2005, 2:53 am
  • YF YF YF…when has the All-Star voting ever been the barometer of intelligence and/or justice? You have to look no further than the fact that I was able to vote for Scott Podsednik 3 times in 52 seconds for the answer to those questions.

    SF July 7, 2005, 8:07 am
  • Or, think back to when Jeter started in the All-Star game over Nomar and A-Rod…where’s the justice there? I guess you could make the case to argue Nomar on a year-by-year basis against Jeter, but A-Rod was definitely better than Jeter every year.

    Brad-SF July 7, 2005, 9:38 am
  • Oh, and still is. A-Rod, without a doubt, could move to the 6spot today and outplay the captain in every category. But, I guess that’s why he’s going to the game.

    Brad-SF July 7, 2005, 9:42 am
  • Even as a Sox fan, Derek Jeter is my favorite player not named Jason Varitek. Where were the Yankee voters on this?

    MJL in L.A. July 7, 2005, 6:27 pm
  • From everything I can gather from my misc. readings on the issue, most Yankee fans seem to have thought it was their god-given birthright to have at least 6 all-star starters every year, and consequently did not know they had to actually vote to show support.
    Podsednik is obviously a great choice this year, and had Jeter deserved it any more than he, I’m sure the selection would have reflected such. The fact remains, Young is just as good, and Tejada is on another plane altogether; Podsednik at least offers a slight upgrade if inserted for his pinch running capabilities.

    Brad-SF July 7, 2005, 7:47 pm
  • “Podsednik is obviously a great choice this year, and had Jeter deserved it any more than he, I’m sure the selection would have reflected such.”
    No, actually. Deserve’s got nothin’ to do with it. Podsednik won because the White Sox started a big “get out the vote” campaign on his behalf.
    I can’t get too upset at this, because it’s the All-Star game and it’s voted on by fans (who actually did a fairly decent job) and the players (who suuuucked) with some fill-ins by the managers (enh).

    Clay July 8, 2005, 10:57 am

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