Houston manager Dusty Baker says he is concerned fan voting will hurt Astros players’ chances of making the All-Star Game. In related news, water is wet.
“I think we have quite a few All-Stars here. I think some of them might not have gotten the necessary votes because of we’re on the Astros,” said Baker, according to Fox 26 Houston’s Mark Berman. It’s good when you’re at home right before the All-Star break because the people tend to vote a whole lot when you’re at home.”
Thanks, Captain Obvious.
I wish that were true, but unfortunately, it’s probably not, due to safeguards built into the MLB All-Star Game voting system which prevents fans from doing something like making Francisco Lindor the National League’s starting shortstop this year.
With MLB’s new All-Star voting system, the choices for each position in each league have already been winnowed down to three players (six for outfielders).
Among those finalist are Martín Maldonado, Yuli Gurriel, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, Yordan Alvarez, and Michael Brantley.
So while it’s unlikely, it is possible for the Astros to have the entire starting infield for the American League, plus the catcher and an outfielder, when the 2021 All-Star rosters are named on Sunday, July 4.
Baker told MLB.com this week that he hopes most of them make the team, plus a few of the Astros’ pitchers as well.
Dusty Baker: “I’m seeing the (Ryan) Pressly now that I heard about before.I’m glad that we tried to take him out of that multi-inning role b/c he’s much more effective to help us on a daily basis.He’s one of the guys I voted for to make the All-Star Team.He’s certainly deserving”
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) June 27, 2021
“We got four or five people I think are deserving — Altuve, Brantley, Yuli, Alvarez, Correa,” said Dusty Baker. “Also, I think [Zack] Greinke. [Luis] Garcia’s in consideration. [José] Urquidy’s in consideration. Hopefully we have a lot and hopefully they take it as an honor and want to go. You also realize that some of the guys could probably use a break, too.”