At 5pm today, voting closes for each league’s 25th All-Star over at MLB.com. As of this writing, Evan Longoria leads the AL voting, which is fine by me although Giambi’s another worthy choice. But I do have a problem with Corey Hart being the top vote-getter for the National League. The man’s a fine player, to be sure, and I’m glad to see he’s getting some recognition. But he simply hasn’t been as good as 3 of the other eligible candidates, David Wright, Carlos Lee, and Pat Burrell (Why is Aaron Rowand eligible? Can someone please explain this to me?).
However, in my mind, there is one clear choice. And as a Mets fan, I obviously have to vote for… Pat Burrell.
Whoa. Did I just write that? Hold on. Let me try this again. <ahem> I think we should all head over to MLB.com right now before 5pm and vote for… Pat Burrell.
Dagnabit! There it is again. Why can’t I just write David Wright? D-A-V-I-D W-R-I-G-H-T. He’s clearly a deserving All-Star. And I can’t vote for Pat Burrell!!! He’s a Phillie! I think I’ve been possessed. Excuse me while I undergo an exorcism:
FATHER DAMIEN KARRAS: Remember Paul. You’re a Met fan. And a fan stands by his team.
PRINCE OF DARKNESS: But Burrell’s been better.
FATHER KARRAS: Lies! Such Lies! Wright has a better batting average!
PRINCE OF DARKNESS: By three measly points. Totally inconsequential.
FATHER KARRAS: Look at the RBIs, Paul! The RBIs! Wright has 16 more!
THE P.O.D.: Only because Wright has had 213 plate appearances with runners on base. Burrell has only had 145 and has performed much better in those situations than Wright.
FATHER KARRAS: NOW YOU JUST WAIT A… Huh? Really?
THE DUDE WITH THE HORNS: Yup.
FATHER KARRAS: But what about defense! Ah-Ha! David plays third base – a far more demanding and important position than left field and does so admirably!
THE MAN WHO OWNS RYAN SEACREST’S SOUL: That may be true. But Burrell’s .414 OBP and .587 slugging percentage is more helpful to his team than Wright is with his .381/.504. Glove or no glove.
FATHER KARRAS: But Philly’s a hitter’s park while Shea is a pitcher’s paradise!
DAVE GROHL: Still doesn’t account for that much a disparity. OPS-Plus, which is park-adjusted, has Burrell miles ahead of Wright, 157 to 136. It’s no contest. And Burrell also has Wright beat in Win Shares.
FATHER KARRAS: Why do you speak in such evil tongues? Paul, remember you are a Met fan! A MET FAN! HE’S A PHILLIE!!!
PRINCE OF DARKNESS: Sorry Padre. But the man’s mind is made up. It’s Burrell.
FATHER KARRAS: NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
So, yeah. Go vote for Pat the Bat. He deserves it.