Voting is open for Phase 1 of the MLB All-Star Game, and the results of the first round of voting have been announced today. Unfortunately for the Minnesota Twins and their fans, the team with the fourth-best MLS record doesn’t have a solid voting block.
Now this shouldn’t be entirely surprising. East Coast players (with a few West Coast studs) usually dominate the vote. Twins usually don’t have more than a few reps, even in their best year. With this said, the team is struggling to even get their usual representation.
The Minnesota Twins are struggling in the early All-Star voting in 2022, but should they do better?
Last year, the twins sent players to the All-Star Game in Taylor Rogers and Nelson Cruz, and with no players currently dressed as Minnesota, the 2022 representative will be a player who did not represent the team last year. There are a lot of good candidates out there, but they all seem to lag behind in the polls.
Gio Urshela is currently ranked seventh, Jorge Polanco is ranked sixth, and Kyle Garlick is currently ranked eighth in the MLS vote, but apart from that, most of the rankings don’t look right. Max Kepler and Trevor Larnach are not among the top 20 players on the field, which is not true considering that Jackie Bradley Jr., Kiki Hernandez and Joey Gallo are way ahead of them.
Gary Sanchez is currently ranked sixth among anglers, which is not true. He’s the fifth among OPS players, tied for second in the homers, and his defense has improved a lot over previous years. He should be higher than Salvador Perez and Cristian Vazquez.
Carlos Correa has played in 46 of his team’s games, but remains sixth behind the likes of Izia Keener-Valiva, Beau Pechet, and Jeremy Pena. At worst, he should be in third place, as the majority of his stats put him just behind Xander Bogarts and Tim Anderson.
On the field, Byron Buxton is sixth behind Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, George Springer, Giancarlo Stanton and Taylor Ward. Ward, Judge and Trout have been dominant so far, but Stanton and Buxton weren’t nearly as valuable.
The worst voter failure was Luis Ares. During the season’s first 60 games, Luis Ariz leads the entirety of Major League Baseball in batting average (topping 18 points) and base percentage (leading 22 points). Among the top basemen, he has the highest OPS in the MLS (.874) and ranks ninth in the AL overall.
Despite this, he sits in fourth place behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Anthony Rizzo and T.France. All three are deserving nominees, but none have compiled the near-historic season that the Ares has seen this year. He should make the match, but he needs more votes than he has.
All things considered, the Minnesota Twins deserve to have more than one All-Star player, and Luis Ariz needs to get more votes than he does. Go vote for the Minnesota Twins in the game here!