The Astros are underrepresented in the early All-Star voting, let’s get out and rock the vote!
The Houston Astros have won the last seven games and sit at 38-16 on the season. They have at least an 11 game lead over the Rangers or Angels at the time of writing. Coming off a series where they scored 40 runs in three games, the Astros should be the talk of the town. As a teacher, I have heard students and teachers talking about the Astros.
It’s bandwagon time! Time for all the Astros fans to come out of all the cracks and crevices. All aboard the Astro Express train to the playoffs. The 38-16 Astros have many star players, and the way the team is playing should garner them some All-Star votes. Right? Wrong, there are no Astros players currently leading at any position.
The Astros are winning, so…
Why are the Astros not getting any love around the nation with All-Star votes? You can argue till you are blue in the face about the East Coast bias in baseball. This is not a new concept, the Yankees, Red Sox, and other teams may get more votes. A few years ago we had the Royal effect where the fans tried to get the entire starting nine on the roster.
However, the biggest thing that jumps out to me this year is the Yankees love. After selling last year, the Yankees are once again winning. They are doing so with a younger group of players led by the offensive juggernaut in Aaron Judge. Fans want to make sure they get Judge to preside over the All-Star starting nine, so they are voting straight ticket. Vote Yankees, every
Vote Yankees, in almost every top five, there is one of the Yankees players there. The lone exception is at first base where even Yankees fans can’t stomach voting for Greg Bird. Chase Headley is getting some votes, but he is not an All-Star. Only Stalin Castro is leading their position, but people are voting Yankees.