Fan voting for All-Star games in all sports should be a crime. It never results in the right guys receiving recognition, but in this case, it benefits the Braves, so I can deal with it. The final results for Phase 1 of the fan voting has concluded, and we did our job. Five Braves moved onto Phase 2, and Ronald Acuña was the top vote-getter in the National League, which means he automatically will be a starter for the NL.
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Some of these are just laughable. I mean… Ozzie Albies was terrible (for his standards) this season when he was healthy, and now he’s out for several months with a broken foot. He has no business being a finalist, but that won’t stop me from voting for him in Phase 2. And Adam Duvall is even worse. He’s hitting .200 on the season with a .628 OPS. Duvall should be on the bench, not an All-Star game! But again, he’ll get my vote in Phase 2.
Swanson, d’Arnaud, and William Contreras all deserve this recognition, and I hope they get the chance to play in their first All-Star game. Unfortunately, Matt Olson and Austin Riley were not named finalists. However, both are having very good seasons and still have a chance to make it in as reserves.
Phase 2 of the voting will begin at noon ET on July 5th and end at 2 PM ET on July 8th. Fans can only vote once during this period, and the votes from Phase 1 do not carry over.
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