07.02.12

Now Starting For The National League All-Star Team : The SF Giants Marketing Department

Posted in Baseball at 2:14 pm by

(above : not an All-Star)

While Ted Berg is capable of focusing on a picture far bigger than Johan Santana’s NL All-Star Team snub, the ballot box-stuffing tactics of San Francisco fans fall under the statistical scrutiny of ESPN’s Keith Law, who takes a dim view of the Giants landing “three players in the starting nine, none of whom belongs there.”

┬áBuster Posey is a fine choice as an alternate behind Yadier Molina or Carlos Ruiz. Pablo Sandoval over David Wright, a longtime star having an MVP-caliber bounceback season now that he’s healthy again, is atrocious. And I’m not remotely a fan of putting a BABIP-fluke hitter such as Melky Cabrera in the game on that basis, let alone having him start over an established star such as Andrew McCutchen; Cabrera’s roster spot should have gone to Michael Bourn or, preferably, re-emergent Jason Heyward, who appeared in the All-Star Game as a rookie in 2010.

To change the topic a bit, there’s also the matter of the Giants going all out to secure Pablo Sandoval’s election. Unlike, say, Dino Costa’s growing number of Twitter followers, these were legit votes from actual, living, breathing human beings, most of them residing in a baseball market dwarfed by the one David Wright plays in. If Wright isn’t the face of the Mets franchise, he’s certainly the club’s premiere position player, one in the midst of bona fide career revival. That Wright couldn’t top Sandoval in the NL tally is no reflection on the former, but it says a ton about the relatively muted enthusiasm of Mets fans, even in the wake of the team’s dramatic improvement. Certainly the Mets have much bigger fish to fry than a public appeal to Wright’s ego, but in light of Fred Wilpon’s comments in the Spring of 2011, maybe they could’ve tried a bit harder.

3 Responses to “Now Starting For The National League All-Star Team : The SF Giants Marketing Department”

  1. John says:

    Didn’t Wright get like 400,000 more votes than Pablo?

  2. Anthony says:

    Yes, the guy who leads the NL in hits and is third in average doesn’t belong there because he’s a “BABIP-fluke hitter.” Law is really stretching it there.

    Obviously Wright belongs there over Sandoval, but to blame Giants fans or the marketing department is ridiculous. This is how MLB has set it up- the whole point being to stuff the ballot box. It’s stupid but does anyone expect the typical sports fan to be objective and choose Molina over a guy like Posey, who is the face of the franchise and coming off a severe injury?

  3. GC says:

    well, i’m not so much “blaming” Giants fans or the SF marketing department as I am claiming the Mets’ PR folks got their asses kicked. And I do take your larger, point. This dopey, appeal to the most casual fan popularity contest….is nothing more than a popularity contest!

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