June 20, 2012
Angel fans, I have a bone to pick with you. For whatever reason when it comes to all-star voting – you (okay – we) are an apathetic bunch. By in large our fan base lacks passion and that really shows when it comes time to putting Angels on the all-star team.
It’s a darn shame that Tim Salmon never made an all-star team. As one of the teams with the best attendance, there really isn’t an excuse for that gigantic mistake. We felt content to leave it up to the players and coaches to see to it that Salmon made a team instead of voting him in as a starter. That didn’t work out so well now did it? Look, I was as guilty as anyone in that case. I admit it and I regret it.
As a fan base – we suck sometimes. I don’t know how else to say it. Sure, we can fill up a stadium when it’s play-off time, but we don’t do the other things that make a fan base great. Look, I know some of you are great fans, but by in large – we just don’t support our team in all the ways we should and one of those is by voting for deserving Angels when all-star ballots are available.
You know where I’m going with this don’t you?
Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout deserve to be all-stars; more than that – they deserve to start, but in order to make that happen they have to be voted in.
Now, if you call yourself a die-hard Angels fan and you haven’t voted for Trumbo and Trout – shame on you. Seriously, it’s not that hard and no one (at least not me) is asking you to vote 1,000 times. I’m not even asking you to vote a 100 times (although that would be nice). All I’m asking is that you vote the 25 times Major League Baseball will allow you to vote (on-line) per email address.
Doesn’t Trumbo and Trout deserve as much?
The only Angel who is in the top five of votes for any position thus far is Albert Pujols and he’s fifth among American League First Basemen.
I’m not asking you to vote for Albert (Paul Konerko is much more deserving in my opinion) and I’m not asking you to stuff the ballot with all the Angels. All I’m asking is that you vote for the two guys who have given you the most joy this season and that’s Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout.
When you look at the league leaders in statistics, you’re going to see Trumbo and Trout well represented. Trumbo is 10th in batting average (.326), 9th in RBI’s (47), 6th in OPS (1.009), and tied for 11th in homeruns (16). Trout is 6th in batting average (.337 – just qualified last night with enough plate appearances), his .929 OPS is 14th best, he’s 4th in stolen bases (19) and is playing gold-glove caliber defense.
Did I really need to cite those stats to you?
Look at this way – both players are having phenomenal seasons – if everything goes the way they should they will both have fantastic careers. Trout has already been compared to several Hall of Famers and although it’s early in both their baseball lives – they are laying the foundation for careers of significance. When all is said and done – part of their legacy should be as all-star game starters. Not just participants, but as starters.
Do you hear me? Does that resonate with you at all?
Let’s not leave it up to the players and coaches. Let’s not forget the mistakes we made in not making sure Tim Salmon made a team.
Think about the players we never voted on to the squad as starters and then left for another team where they voted them on. Players like Jim Edmonds (2000, 2003, and 2005) and David Eckstein (2005).
The list of players who we voted on to the starting squad is small. It includes Vladimir Guerrero (2004, 2005, 2007), who undoubtedly benefited on his popularity long before he became an Angel; Troy Glaus received enough votes in 2003 (one of his worst seasons), but failed to get voted into the starting lineup in 2000 and 2001 when he had monster seasons hitting 47 and 41 homeruns respectively.
Wally Joyner made one all star start in his career and that was in 1986; his rookie year. Don Baylor only made it once; his 1979 MVP season.
Heck, Bobby Grich was only voted on as a starter once (1982) as an Angel (he was also voted on in 1976 as a member of Orioles).
Angel fans loved Darin Erstad. Did he ever get voted on as a starter? Nope. Bengie Molina? Nope. Jim Fregosi? Nope. Garret Anderson? Heck no. Sure some of them made all-star teams, but it wasn’t because of Angel fans.
How about players who have been all-star starters prior to coming to Anaheim – only to not get voted on the starting squad again? Well, there’s Torii Hunter for one. Vernon Wells is another (okay, not the best example).
There are players who continued to have success in the voting prior to and during their Angel careers – but they’re Hall of Famers – Rod Carew (4 times) and Reggie Jackson (2 times). Even Fred Lynn had one all-star start as an Angel (1983), but had five prior starts as a member of the Red Sox.
Over time, Trumbo and Trout will get more and more of the national vote. Their talents are too good to be ignored and it’s only a matter of time before the whole nation begins to appreciate them and recognize them as bona fide stars. In the mean time – it’s up to us to push them into the spot light.
Look at the current vote leaders in the American League. Do you really want a team full of Texas Rangers? Just saying.
One last thing – some of you will whine and belly ache when the national media ignores the Angels or doesn’t give enough love to Angels having great seasons or even a great game and yet – when given the opportunity to push those players into the view of a national audience yourself (via all-star voting) – you sit on your hands.
Let’s do this folks. #VoteHalos Vote online now.