The first voting tallies for next month's MLB All-Star Game have been released, and that means it's time to scrutinize. Plenty of players deserving players are getting requisite love, but an inevitable few are receiving far more votes than their play would seem to merit. Let's identify six players near the top of the voting in their position groups that aren't exactly worthy of such a distinction.
6. Gary Sanchez
The Yankees catcher has been absolutely horrendous this season. He's been so bad that a supposed "franchise player is getting benched for the next few days. Gary Sanchez is hitting just .190, and it only gets worse from there-- he's got 57 strikeouts compared to just 38 hits. But wearing pinstripes apparently makes him All-Star worthy.
5. Buster Posey
The fact that Buster Posey is the top catcher in NL voting proves that the whole thing is more of a popularity contest than anything else. He has done little to help his team offensively, and simply isn't the player he used to be. But who is actually going to vote for a guy like Kurt Suzuki or Francisco Cervelli? Those two are both having more productive seasons, but their names just don't ring out like Poseys.
4. Ozzie Albies
It's easy to love Ozzie Albies and Javy Baez, but there is no reason Scooter Gennett shouldn't be the starter at second base in the National League. Albies and Baez both have pop, but have struggled to hit for average; Gennett does both. The stats show he's arguably the best second baseman in baseball over the last year. But everyone is in love with the Braves, so I guess it's no surprise to see Albies on top.
3. Brett Gardner
How in the world did Brett Gardner find himself seventh in the AL outfield vote? I guess it's fortunate when Aaron Judge hits behind you. Gardy is another guy on the wrong side of his prime, and it seems as though fans are having a hard time letting go.
2. Johan Camargo
I get that there aren't a ton of great third basemen in the NL. I get that everyone loves the Baby Braves. But this makes no sense. Camargo is hitting .212 and has just about as many strikeouts (27) as he does hits (28), yet he's still third in the voting. Eugenio Suarez should definitely be higher on the list than fourth.
1. Miguel Cabrera
Yes, he's one of the best hitters of this generation. He's had a great career. That's why he's so high in the voting-- because of how good he USED to be. In his prime, he was a 40-homer guy. This year, he has three. And he's going to miss the rest of the season due to injury.