Forgive me if I'm of the opinion All Star selections don't mean squat.
Year after year after year there's plenty of deserving guys left off the squad b/c either league's manager takes plenty of guys off his own team, combined with the fact you have to have at least 1 guy from each team.
Remember when Torre used to take what seemed like at least a 1/2 dozen Yankees for the ASG that had no business on those teams?
Fans vote, managers "round out" the teams.
Life goes on.
Yep and they even picked the whole team for ten years at one time, then they gave the vote to the fans and the fans of Cincinnati ruined it, mostly because they had never had an offensive club and two years of one made them a bit rabid in their voting habits.Fans vote, managers "round out" the teams.
Odd that the next time the fans got the vote the game was played in Cincinnati.
Secondly I'm not aware that any rules were broken nor vote totals fudged in 1957. We merely had a lot of enthusiastic Reds fans voting often for their players. Cincinnati took advantage of a flawed system.
OK, let's keep this on topic, shall we?
Nine straight home games for the Giants lead up to the final vote, I actually watch a lot of Giant games and lo and behold they did an in between innings spot about youngsters filling out stacks of AS Ballots and the push was on to vote on Bonds.
The games were all sold out as well... looks like Giants fans just took advantage of a flawed system.
The online version of voting has enough safeguards in it to discourage most hackery. A determined and skilled hacker could probably overcome it so I can't discount it completely.
But the more plausible answer is just the Giants put on a big push for their fans to vote.
I happen to be in the SF Bay Area this week, and I was listening to a sports talk show when someone called and claimed that he and 40 others ran a program that 'stuffed' the box for Barry over the last couple days of voting. I won't go into technical details, but it seemed to be a fairly easy loophole in the mlb.com voting system that he claimed to have exploited. He said he was a big Bonds fan, and thought he should be starting in the game because it was in San Francisco.
The next caller summed it up perfectly, saying: "What a low-life. It figures that a Bonds' fan would cheat to get what they want."
I actually care a bit about the AS game this year. With Griffey starting, it will be the first one I'll tune in to since Bud-gate.
Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand
It's extremely easy. If I had a way to easily get a list of thousands of valid emails, I could do it in about 5 minutes.
Remember when someone stuffed the ballot box for one of the AL shortstops (I think it was Garcippara?) They gave him at least 100k votes. Baseball ended up discarding them, but I wonder if they'd look the other way in this case.
Of course, Bud could've just told them to make sure Bonds ended up third.. Heck, for all we know, they could've fudged Bonds several thousand votes every week.
Thank you Walt and Bob for bringing winning baseball back to Cincy
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!