At least the Oakland A’s are making an effort in one area.
All Star Game voting is upon us. While every team will get at least one token player on the squad to represent their team, that does not mean that those teams will ignore the vote. The A’s, at the very least, put out a tweet encouraging their fans to vote for their players as starters.
Oakland A’s fighting losing battle in All Star voting
It really is not anything overly special. Every team does something similar. The difference is that none of the players in the A’s lineup deserve to be anywhere near the All Star Game this year without a ticket. That is clear when Elvis Andrus has the second highest OPS+ of anyone who has had at least one plate appearance with the A’s thus far.
Maybe, in a normal year, a case could be made for Ramon Laureano. He is a solid all around player, his decent power and speed combined with his excellent defense making him a potential All Star at some point in his career. However, he had missed the first four weeks of the season as he was still serving the rest of his PED suspension.
It is actually fair to wonder if the A’s most likely All Star will even be with the team when the All Star Game takes place. Frankie Montas is firmly on the trade block and is likely to be moved before the deadline. As Paul Blackburn has begun to struggle, he could make his final appearance in an A’s jersey during that exhibition.
The Oakland A’s are just like every other team – trying to get their players All Star votes. The only problem is that none of them deserve it.