The Spurs Leading the Pack Debate Verdict

February 10, 2011

Read the opposing arguments from Loyal Homer and Babe Ruthless.

The San Antonio Spurs are off to one of the best starts in NBA history. And when you consider that their historical company has each gone on to win the championship in the respective seasons they started so strongly, it makes you wonder if the Spurs are destined for the same fate.

But we are not trying to gaze into a crystal ball, today.

This debate is not about whether the Spurs will win the NBA Finals, it is about whether they are the best team in the league. And based on what I have read from Babe Ruthless and Loyal Homer, it seems clear to me that the answer is – Yes, they are (congratulations to Loyal Homer)!

Babe Ruthless does raise some key questions about the Spurs performance to this point in the season. Specifically, he calls into doubt the Spurs record by pointing out that they have what many would consider an easy schedule. And while it is true that they have won the vast majority of those cupcake games, they have faltered when stepping onto the hardwood against steeper competition.

Although I can agree with that assessment, the exact same statement can be made about those other top tier teams that Babe Ruthless points to as challengers to the Spurs. The Boston Celtics have losses to the Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, New Orleans Hornets, and Chicago Bulls, as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors. Likewise, the Heat have lost to the Celtics twice, the Mavs twice, and have also lost to the Magic, as well as Memphis and Indiana.

The same can be illustrated by dissecting the records of the Maverics, Magic, and every other team in the league. Each organization has played more than 50 games, and none are undefeated. And so the fact that the Spurs lost a couple of their 52 games played thus far to other good teams is just not enough evidence to refute their claim as the best in the NBA.

On the flip side, though, Loyal Homer points to some statistics that CANNOT be matched by any other teams in the league.

Only once so far this season have the Spurs lost consecutive games, and that was simply a two-game skid on the road against the Knicks, then in Boston against the Celtics (a very understandable couple of losses). And while those consecutive losses have not been repeated by the Spurs, one feat they have duplicated is following their losses up with a LONG series of consecutive wins.

It should also be noted that their schedule may on the surface appear to be one of the weaker in the league, but the actual average winning percentage of their opponents (.506) has statistically posed a tougher strength of schedule than what the Heat (.477), Celtics (.485), Magic (.493), Lakers (.479), and the Bulls (.482) have each faced.

In all reality, there are still plenty of games left in the season, and the fact that the Spurs have the best record in the NBA right now is no guarantee that they will win the Finals. But teams like the 2007 New England Patriots will tell you that the best team doesn’t always win the championship.

No one can look into a crystal ball and predict which team will win the championship, but you can look at the records and see who has been most dominant – the San Antonio Spurs.

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The Spurs Leading the Pack Debate

February 9, 2011

Read the opposing arguments from Loyal Homer and Babe Ruthless.

Well, another NFL season is officially in the books. For those of you now shifting your focus to basketball, let me get you up to speed on how the season has gone thus far…

The Denver Nuggets decided to trade, then not trade, then trade, then not trade Carmelo Anthony.

Cleveland Cavaliers fans were shocked when Zydrunas Ilgauskas and some other guys decided to play ball in Miami with the Heat.

Speaking of the Cavs, that team is plunging the depths of failure to find out just how deep rock-bottom really is. The Cavs are well on the way to becoming the worst team not only in NBA history, but in the entire history of American professional sports with a historic 25-game losing streak.

Finally, with the All-Star break looming on the horizon, the team leading the standings with the best record in the league is… (pause for dramatic effect)… the San Antonio Spurs.

Through the first half of the season, the Spurs have rocketed to an impressive record of 42-8, a full 4.5 games ahead of any other teams in the league. But with the experienced and team-oriented Boston Celtics, the superstar-laden Miami Heat, or the two-time reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers out there – Are the San Antonio Spurs REALLY the best team in basketball at the season midpoint?

According to Loyal Homer, the Spurs record is an indication of the fact that they are the best team in the league while Babe Ruthless feels the Spurs are not the best team, despite their current spot in the standings.

How do you measure the worth of a team? Let the arguments begin!

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The All-Star Selection Process Debate… Power to the Player

November 15, 2010

Read the opposing argument from Optimist Prime.

All-Star games are intended to serve two purposes. The first is to serve as a means for recognizing the league’s top players, and the second is to be an opportunity to entertain the fans with an exhibition, and hopefully generate a little extra revenue for the league.

Where is it written that an All-Star Game has to be arranged so that the two teams are divided by league or conference? Yes, it is ONE way to split the teams, and it is an EASY way to split them, but that does not mean it is the only way, or the correct way.

One problem with that format is that it mandates there MUST be an equal number of All-Stars from each conference, which is not always the case.

The NFL this season is the perfect example of this problem, where the AFC as a conference is loaded with powerhouse teams, while the NFC has only one or two clubs that are playing noteworthy football. That is not to say that teams like the Arizona Cardinals (who have lost four in a row) are a talentless organization, but does Larry Fitzgerald (for example), REALLY deserve a Pro Bowl invitation this season?

Fitzgerald entered yesterday’s performance with only 42 catches (tied for 18th in the NFL) for 510 yards (22nd in the NFL) and four touchdowns (tied for 21st in the NFL), while AFC receivers like Brandon Lloyd, Reggie Wayne, Terrell Owens, Andre Johnson, Chad Ochocinco, and Dwayne Bowe all have to compete for the restricted number of roster spots allotted only for the AFC. Compared to his AFC counterparts, is Fitzgerald truly stacking up as a Pro Bowler? I don’t think so.

Another issue I have with this format is that it makes it inherently impossible for us, as fans, to see how certain superstar athletes would match up against each other, or how they would complement each other if they played together.

Hockey fans can see Sydney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins play together 82 times each year. Why do they have to play together AGAIN in an exhibition match that is intended as a reward for their individual performances on the ice?

Likewise, just imagine a line that featured a legend like Mike Modano at center, with Patrick Kane and Alex Ovechkin on the wings. Well, based on the “standard” format, that could never happen, since Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals are not in the same conference as Modano’s Detroit Red Wings, or Kane’s Chicago Blackhawks.

It is for those reasons that I am thrilled to hear about the unique new format that the NHL has decided to implement for determining which players will skate on each side of their All-Star game. Instead of restricting eligibility to geographic regions the NHL has opened it up so that All-Stars – as determined by a combination of fan vote and committee selection – will be randomly assigned to sides in the ultimate fantasy draft.

This is really the perfect format for establishing the pool of All-Star players, and determining the rosters for the game itself.

First, and most importantly, the voice of the fan will still be heard. As the paying customers for the business of hockey, they absolutely deserve the right to name which players will start in the exhibition game that celebrates the best in the league.

But where this gets interesting is in how the rest of the squads will be selected.

The first improvement made with this new process is that the remaining All-Stars will be selected by a league committee to establish a pool of 54 players, including 12 rookies. And although each team is guaranteed to have a representative in the pool of All-Star players, there is no restriction on the All-Star ballot by conference, which means that fans can vote for the best or most deserving players without any caveats. If the fans feel that the six best goalies in the NHL are all from the East, then they will have the opportunity to voice that opinion (and have it heard).

Then, from that pool, the players who were selected as the best of the season will get to be rewarded with a little control of their own. They will get to choose among themselves the All-Star captains, who will then draft from the remaining players to fill out their rosters regardless of which team they play for, and which conference they play in.

This new process adds a little gamesmanship – and a whole lot of intrigue – to a process that was previously a mere formality. Now, it’s not just about finding out which players were selected as All-Stars, but instead the fans will be treated to a fantasy draft that will surely generate copious amounts of analysis and water-cooler talk as the matchups and lineups are determined.

The new format will help stir up more of the players’ competitive juices by giving them control over which sides each superstar will play for, and will create a far more entertaining game and skills-challenge than has ever been seen in previous NHL seasons, or in any sport for that matter.

The All-Star game is not an outlet to determine something as important as home field advantage in the league championship. It is a break from the action for the league’s best to have some fun, and do what they do best – entertain the fans.

Leagues like the NFL, NBA, and MLB should take note, because this is one time where the NHL is the leader of the pack.

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The Trading Carmelo Anthony Debate

August 26, 2010

Read the opposing arguments from Bleacher Fan and Loyal Homer.

As Carmelo Anthony enters the final year of his contract the Denver Nuggets are faced with a huge dilemma. Anthony, a three-time All-Star with impressive stats, could (and in all likelihood probably will) walk away from Denver in free agency. His departure would leave a huge hole on the Denver roster – and the Nuggets would have nothing to show for it. If the team signs ‘Melo to a long-term deal and then trades him, maximizing his value, the Nuggets would be taking huge strides at building for a stronger Anthony-less future.

But, Anthony has been instrumental in leading the Nuggets to the playoffs. As a matter of fact, Denver has made the playoffs each season since Anthony joined the team. Can the Nuggets really afford to trade away a star of Anthony’s caliber, especially when he took the team to within two games of the NBA finals?

Bleacher Fan thinks so. He believes that it is in the Nuggets’ best interest to move ‘Melo now because it is not likely Denver would keep him in free agency. Bleacher Fan must prove that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Loyal Homer, however, is not convinced. He believes the Nuggets need Anthony to be competitive now and in the future. Loyal Homer has to prove that the Nuggets will emerge better in the end by hanging on to Anthony for one more season.

Gentlemen bring your best arguments – the future of a team hangs in the balance.

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The Stephen Strasburg All Star Debate Verdict

July 7, 2010

Read the opposing arguments from Babe Ruthless and Loyal Homer.

There are essentially two ways a baseball player can be named to an All-Star roster.

The first is by way of fan vote. This is my personal favorite as a method for selection because it recognizes the unique problem inherent in identifying the “best” performers. There are no specific criteria for determining an All-Star. The criteria could be a great hitting, a great fielding, or a great personality. Each reason is just as viable as the others. So, in a way befitting the great nation of America, the voice of the public is called upon to decide. If the fans want to see you play, you get to play – no strings attached.

The second method for being named to an All-Star team is by way of player or manager selection. In order to earn this type of honor a player must not only prove to the fans, but to peers and coaches, that they are the most deserving player for the recognition.

These are the hurdles that any professional baseball player in MLB must overcome to be named an All-Star, and Stephen Strasburg is no exception.

Babe Ruthless makes a very strong argument for Strasburg’s candidacy. If the attention that has surrounded Strasburg since his fashionably late debut in the majors serves as any indication, he almost certainly would have received enough fan votes to have been named to the NL All-Star squad if he were on the ballot.

Along with that exceedingly high level of fan support, he goes on to discuss that “talent is talent.” And, with a 2.45 ERA and 54 Ks in only six appearances, it is quite obvious that talent is one category in which Strasburg is not lacking.

Unfortunately for Strasburg, he was not active in the majors long enough to appear on the ballot for fan selection. Whether he WOULD have gotten enough votes if he had been eligible since day one is irrelevant. He DIDN’T get them – end of argument.

If the Washington Nationals felt as though Strasburg was not yet ready to start for the team at the beginning of the MLB season, why should he be eligible to receive fan votes for the All-Star game?

And so with one door closed, Strasburg’s only viable option for All-Star selection is by way of garnering enough support from his peers and the coaches around the league.

Loyal Homer addresses this point specifically by quoting Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel, who ultimately holds the responsibility for filling this year’s NL All-Star roster. When asked about whether or not he would consider Strasburg for the All-Star team, Manuel responded that Strasburg would need to “earn his way.”

Manuel is not implying that rookies are undeserving of All-Star selection. Instead, he is simply highlighting the fact that Strasburg has not played enough to warrant serious consideration.

For an average starting pitcher, six appearances amount to only 20 percent of the total they will make over the season. That is not nearly enough time to provide any real indication as to whether or not Strasburg is the real deal over the course of an entire season.

Baseball, more than any other sport, is a game of numbers. That is why the fan voting process begins so early, and plays out for such a long period of time. Some players may start out hot in the first six games of the season, but fade over the grueling stretch of the summer months. Likewise, it is possible for a player to start slow, but them come on strong as the season progresses.

Also, it should be noted that Strasburg’s first six appearances were not all boast-worthy.

Although he does claim a 2.45 ERA and 54 Ks, Loyal Homer points out that he has not won a game in three weeks (during which time he made four of his six total starts), and has only a 2-2 record to show for his hard work.

When you compare that pallid mark with those of other NL pitchers who also fell short in fan votes, such as Jaime Garcia and Mike Pelfrey, a 2-2 record simply cannot justify admission onto an All-Star roster.

It was that point that ultimately carried the day for Loyal Homer.

Stephen Strasburg is one of the brightest stars in baseball. He is loaded with potential, and the early indications are that he will live up all of the expectations set before him. The All-Star game is not about showcasing potential, though. It is about showcasing the best talent that IS in the game of baseball, not the best talent that COULD BE.

I have very little doubt that Stephen Strasburg will go on to a very successful career as a major league pitcher. He should earn for himself many opportunities to represent his respective league many times over as one of the best pitchers in the baseball.

The 2010 season is just not going to be one of those years.

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The Stephen Strasburg All-Star Debate

July 6, 2010

Read the opposing arguments from Babe Ruthless and Loyal Homer.

Despite the latest rumors, Stephen Strasburg CANNOT walk on water.

But, just about all of the other stuff that has been written about him since his entrance into the Major Leagues is absolutely true.

This season has been one giant coming-out party for the Washington Nationals frosh pitcher, and he appears at this point to be worth every single penny of the record-setting contract he signed last season.

He was virtually unhittable in his appearances in the minor leagues before FINALLY being called up early in June to step make his professional debut. And if not for a complete absence of run support, he could very well be sitting undefeated today (but alas, that’s the price you have to pay for being on one of the worst teams in baseball).

His supporters, such as Babe Ruthless, feel that his performance warrants All-Star recognition. But others, like Loyal Homer, feel that he is not yet worthy of such high praise (at least, not this year).

Which leads us to today’s debate topic: Should Stephen Strasburg be an All-Star?

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The MLB 2010 Best First Half Player Debate… A Texas Ranger Who Hits Harder Than Chuck Norris

July 5, 2010

Read the opposing arguments from Sports Geek and Babe Ruthless.

Now that the 2010 MLB All-Star rosters have been announced, who among them is THE All Star of the All Stars? That’s easy – Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton.

While Hamilton may not boast the “most” home runs or the “best” batting average to this point in the season, he has turned in the best overall hitting performance of the first half, not just in the American League, but in all of the Majors.

Most impressive was his absolute tear through the month of June. Beginning on June 1, Hamilton proceeded to collect 49 hits in only 108 at bats for an average of .454. He also ripped nine home runs and 31 RBI, for a slugging percentage of .815.

Those totals propelled him onto the leaderboard for every single major hitting category, something that no other starting All-Star can claim (Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera COULD have claimed this, but he was edged in voting by the Twins’ Justin Morneau).

Here is a breakdown of where Hamilton’s hitting ranks today:

    Batting Average: .339 (fourth in both the AL and the Majors)

  • Hits: 106 (third in the AL and fourth in the Majors)
  • Home Runs: 20 (second in both the AL and the Majors)
  • RBI: 61 (fourth in the AL and fifth in the Majors)
  • Slugging: .617 (second in both the AL and the Majors)
  • OPS: 1.001 (third in both the AL and the Majors)

Along with those dominating totals, Hamilton has also racked up 23 doubles (only two behind the AL leaders), two triples, and has an on-base percentage of .385.

It is a performance worthy of the most fan votes for any American League outfielder, and it earned Hamilton his third consecutive starting nod.

But the REAL All-Stars aren’t just those who turn in big individual performances. Instead, the REAL All-Stars are those who not only perform exceptionally well, but they always seem to step it up a notch even further when their team needs it. After all, baseball is a TEAM sport, and individual accolades mean nothing if they are not in support of the team.

And that is precisely what Hamilton did. His Ruthian performance during the month of June may have added some value to his personal resumé, but the TRUE value of that performance was realized by the entire Texas Rangers organization.

As the month of May closed, the Rangers were riding a four game losing streak and they sat in second place in the AL West, one game behind Oakland. But when the calendar turned, and the Rangers began the month of June with a series against the Chicago White Sox, Hamilton kicked his performance into high gear.

He started off the month with a “quiet” 3-5 performance against Mark Buerhle, as the Rangers ended a four-game skid by beating the White Sox 9-6. That was just the beginning, as Hamilton’s bat would ultimately lead the Rangers on to a 21-6 record during the month, including an 11-game win streak during Interleague play against the top teams in the NL East (much to Loyal Homer’s chagrin).

And when the calendar flipped again as June rolled into July, the same Rangers team that started June on a losing slide finished it with a 4.5 game LEAD over the rest of their division.

The Rangers managed that impressive run by way of offensive explosion. During the month the team would go on to outscore opponents by a combined 173-100. It was Hamilton who led that offensive charge.

Being an All-Star is not just making yourself look good, it is making your TEAM look good by providing exactly what the rest of the team needs exactly when they need it most. Josh Hamilton did that.

He has proven to be the league’s best all-around hitter, and he stands poised at the All-Star break to now lead his team to its first postseason appearance since 1999.

That is what makes Hamilton the Most Valuable Player from the first half of 2010.

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The MLB 2010 Best First Half Player Debate… Robinson Cano is A Triple Threat

July 5, 2010

Read the opposing arguments from Sports Geek and Bleacher Fan.

Robinson Cano is the best first half player in baseball, and I have 4,135,305 reasons to back it up.

That, of course, is the number of votes he received during this year’s All-Star Game selection voting. Cano’s 2010 performance impressed the fans so much that he dominated the voting throughout the entire process, never losing his lead for the starting second base position. His 4,135,305 votes were the third largest number of votes received by a player in the AL, finishing behind Joe Mauer of the Twins and Cano’s teammate and Yankees Captain, Derek Jeter. In total, he finished fourth in MLB, trailing only Albert Pujols in the National League, no doubt an impressive feat unrivaled in the list of accomplishments for the 27 year old slugger.

Since breaking into the big leagues in 2005, Robinson Cano has struggled with consistency. He has been somewhat of a hot and cold player, tearing the cover off the ball one month only to turn ice cold and slump the next. But so far 2010 has been a different story entirely.

After working all Spring Training with his hitting coach, Kevin Long, to develop better plate discipline, his efforts are paying off big time. He leads New York in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, slugging percentage, and batting average. This is incredible, considering this world championship lineup boasts names like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixiera, and Jorge Posada. Leading the Yankees in one of these categories is an accomplishment in itself, let alone all of them. His achievements, however, are not limited to his ball club.

Cano ranks among the best in baseball in terms the Triple Crown categories. While his 55 RBI lag behind the rest of the pack – ranking 18th in MLB – his batting average and home run totals more than make up for it. Cano has hit for a .343 average in the first half, ranking second in the majors. His 17 homeruns are nothing to scoff at either. Cano’s round trippers rank as the fifth largest in baseball.

To me, the evidence that Cano is the having the best first half in baseball comes from his hits, slugging percentage, and run totals. Cano has accumulated 109 hits so far this season. That ties him for second in baseball with Ichiro Suzuki. That’s right, I said Ichiro! He is absolutely raking the ball, and what makes this even more impressive is that Cano’s hits are coming from the second base position, a spot usually not known for its offensive dominance. As Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci points out, “Cano has become a rare gem in baseball: a second baseman with game-changing slugging ability.” Verducci illustrates his point by explaining that the greater than .600 slugging percentage that Cano held as recently as June was last duplicated at the second base position in 1929 by Rogers Hornsby. I would say that’s pretty elite company. His 59 runs are just as impressive, tying him for fourth in the majors. That gives him numbers usually reserved for leadoff batters. Even more astonishing is that Cano is getting the job done on the base paths the hard way. He is scoring these runs largely without the assistance of thievery, only stealing two bases all season.

While my competition for this debate mistakenly think that Joe Mauer and Josh Hamilton are having the best seasons in baseball, only Mauer’s number remotely compare. While Hamilton is a great power hitter, his game is more one dimensional. Mauer on the other hand has a well rounded hitting game like Cano and even bests him – although microscopically – in a few categories. The biggest difference that, for me, makes Cano so much better is the fact that he is carrying the New York Yankees this season in the cut-throat AL East. It is inarguable that the AL East is one of, if not the most competitive divisions in baseball. Cano has become one of the most instrumental players to the Yankees success. Day in and day out Cano has succeeded in a Yankees lineup that has been missing the punch of its biggest bats, A-Rod and Teixeira, and again he is doing this as a second baseman. The fact that Cano manages this elite offensive play while providing ample defense at a more challenging position to field than Mauer makes him my pick for the best player of 2010, and well deserving of his All-Star nod. For those who aren’t believers in Cano’s staying power, the second half will surely tell the story. But I am betting he will be around the top of the statistical leader boards for a while to come.

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The Early MLB All-Star Voting Debate… The Sooner the Better

April 30, 2010

Read the opposing arguments from Babe Ruthless and Sports Geek.

This is not the first time that we have broached the topic of fan voting for All-Star ballots among professional sports.

The recurring theme through these debates seems to be the fact that the term “All-Star” is very much open to interpretation. To some, like Sports Geek, it should be defined as the best (usually by some statistical standard). To others it could mean the favorite, or in Babe Ruthless’ case, the Yankees. Although the definition of the term All-Star was not the subject of this debate, the arguments presented by both Babe Ruthless and Sports Geek were once again clearly influenced by their own perceptions of who should or should not be deemed as an All-Star.

I cannot deny Sports Geek the fact that it is virtually impossible to identify who the best players of mid-season will be so early in the season. With only three weeks gone, and two whole months to go, a LOT can change on the various leaderboards of baseball. A player who has started the season hot may hit a slump that extends for the next six weeks of the season, taking them completely out of consideration as the best in their respective position. Likewise, a player could have a slow start in April, but by the time May rolls around they are playing lights-out baseball and rapidly climbing to the top of the charts.

Where I ultimately disagree with Sports Geek, however, and the reason that I am awarding the verdict to Babe Ruthless, is specifically for his insistence that a) the fans don’t always vote for the right people (meaning that they are not the people that Sports Geek would have voted for), and b) that early voting negates the opportunity to consider events that may happen in late spring/early summer.

The belief that sports fans in general are misguided, or essentially must “get out of their own way” is one that I adamantly disagree with. The assumption that fans in general are unable to collectively make a qualified decision as to who should be an All-Star could not be more wrong – a fact PROVEN by the Manny Ramirez situation in 2009.

When the voting kicked-off for the 2009 All-Star team, Manny Ramirez found himself at the top of the list, despite the fact that he was on suspension for using banned performance enhancing drugs. The idea that Ramirez could still make the All-Star roster while serving a 50-game suspension was laughable, and it would have greatly diminished the quality of the game.

The reason that Ramirez found himself so high on the vote list, though, was because many of those votes came in BEFORE he was suspended. Once the news broke that he violated baseball’s PED policy, his stock plummeted, as did his fan support. By the time the All-Star game actually rolled around, Ramirez was nowhere to be seen… the fans got it RIGHT!

The All-Star Rosters from 2009 were absolutely populated by the best in baseball. While people may argue the merits of one player over another, it is hard to deny that every single one of the players who participated in last year’s All-Star game was worthy of their selection.

Babe Ruthless unequivocally won the debate (as he predicted he would) by raising the point that All-Star fan voting is not a “one and done” deal. The first votes of April 20th do not present the only opportunity to vote for an All-Star. Likewise, the leaders today may not even be among the top ten vote-getters by the time the actual event rolls around.

Ironically, it is that very fact that helps to ensure for all of the Sports Geeks out there that the “best” players DO make the All-Star roster. By allowing for such a WIDE span of time, the voters in baseball have AMPLE opportunity to educate themselves, and essentially update or correct their votes as new happenings arise. Think of it as an insurance policy to help guarantee that, over the course of time, the best players will ultimately rise to the top.

If voting were condensed into a shorter period, it would be much more easily influenced by recent events. By starting fan voting early in the season, it becomes a fluid process that is essentially updated as the season progresses. Over time, the players who were little more than a flash in the pan will fade into irrelevance, while those who remain consistently among the top performers in the league will steadily climb to the top. The end result is that the players who sustained the most fan support (whether through statistical dominance or by some other criteria) are the ones who will play in mid-July.

Regardless of how you define the term All-Star, early season fan voting is good for the game. For the business of baseball, it helps by ensuring that the players who generate the greatest fan support over the greatest length of time get to participate (i.e. a satisfied customer base). For the players, it helps to ensure that those who can SUSTAIN the best performance will have the greatest opportunity to earn votes.

Everybody wins with early voting (except Sports Geek)!

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The Early MLB All-Star Voting Debate

April 29, 2010

Read the opposing arguments from Babe Ruthless and Sports Geek.

Today is Thursday, April 29, 2010.

The 2010 MLB season is only 25 days old, and we are a full two months away from the All-Star break. Despite that lengthy gap in time, All-Star fan-voting kicked off on April 20, and has been going strong for over a week already. That means that fans of baseball were given an opportunity to vote for their 2010 All-Star selections only 16 days into a season that will span six months.

That wide timeframe for All-Star voting creates a lot of opportunity for things to happen that can influence the voters, both for good reasons and for bad.

So our question for today is: Does fan voting for the MLB All-Star Game begin too early?

Sports Geek believes that it does begin too early in the season, while Babe Ruthless disagrees, and will argue accordingly.

Who do you agree with? Vote early, and vote often!

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