Best Record In Baseball, Not One All Star

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been the best team in baseball this season — they are 42-22, 3.5 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox.

Which is an amazing feat, considering they have done it without any All Star worthy talent. At least if you ask the fans.

As of the latest round of voting, no Dodger would start in the All Star game. The only Dodger even kinda, sorta close is Orlando Hudson at second base, where he is second in the balloting — 1.4 million votes back of Chase Utley. It’s not even a contest.

Manny Ramirez is now sixth in the outfield voting. Matt Kemp is at 13 and Andre Ethier is at 14. Both are behind Adam Dunn of the Nationals. The Nationals.

Basically, the entire starting National League lineup is a Met, a Phillie or a Cardinal. The only exception is Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee outfielder.

Fortunately, the pitchers are chosen by baseball people — so guys like Chad Billingsley and Jonathon Broxton likely will be there. And maybe Hudson gets a reserve role.

The All Star game is the fans game, so they get what they want to see. It’s just a shame that what people want to see ignores the reality on the field. That it is flooded with an East Coast bias. That public perception is usually a year or two behind what his playing out in ballparks nationwide.

At least it’s not like the All Star Game can mean the Dodgers players get to watch as the overpaid guys on other teams decide home field in the World Series the Dodgers could well play in. Oh, wait, they are getting shafted there too.

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