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Getting The All-Star Voting Right

by Tom King

The Major League baseball way of picking the All-Star teams always generates alot of interest and some controversy. Having the fans pick the starters leaves the system vulnerable to ballot box stuffing and the fact that you can vote many times has shown that to happen. The age-old question is what should the All-Star game be. Should it be a reward for the best players in the game no matter where they are in their careers or what kind of year they are having...or should it be a showcase for the players having the best season this year. Usually it's a mixture of both. Sometimes an injured star will be voted into the lineup and then is replaced by the team managers. The managers can usually fix any major mistakes made by the fans. And since the game actually means something now (home field advantage for the winning league in the World Series) the managers would like to have the best players available. That being said I think special dispensation should be granted for a veteran player who is retiring to make a final All-Star appearance even if their production this year does not warrant it. Case in point...Derek Jeter.

The Brewers have two legitimate candidates to start in the All-Star game and another who should be named to the squad. Carlos Gomez has moved up to the 3rd spot in the outfield voting and rightly so. Gomez has become a player who has figured it out and should be a perennial contender for this game going forward. Jon Lucroy also deserves to start although he is only 3rd in the catcher voting at this point. he has the 3rd highest batting average of all position players in the National League and is second in the majors in doubles. He is also doing a fine job handling the Brewer pitching staff as they continue to lead the Division. The other player who should get a spot on the squad is Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod has surprised everyone by once again becoming one of the best closers in the game. Can he keep it up? Who knows...but for right now he deserves an All-Star nod. The fan voting continues until June 26th and the game is July 15th at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The Woodchucks have won five in a row as they head down to Kenosha for a couple of games. many of the newer players who have arrived are going to be solid contributors and this team is clicking on all-cylinders right now. After an 0-4 start they are now two games over 500 and moving up in the standings. This team should be a contender for both halves of the season this year. You can hear tonights game on Foxsports Radio AM1390 & FM 93.9 at 6:45

It's sectional baseball day for the high schools and Wausau West is hosting a D-1 sectional at the West field behind the high school. The Warriors will face Bay Port at 10 this morning and DC Everest will play Ashwaubenon at 1 with the winners meeting at 4 for a chance to go to State. You can hear the Everest game on Foxsports Radio AM1390 & FM 93.9 at 1.

Other area teams still alive...Stevens Point will play Chippewa Falls, Mosinee faces Green Bay Notre Dame, Neillsville plays Westby, Athens goes up against Weyauwega-Fremont and Marshfield Columbus plays Pittsville.

Songs Of The Day (from my I-pod)

Rain-Beatles (1966) released on this date in 66 as the B-side to Paperback Writer...it marked the first time the band made use of reversing the tape for a song. Recorded during the Revolver sessions but didnt appear on the album

Summertime-Big Brother & The Holding Company (1968) from the album Cheap Thrills. It was two years earlier on June 10 1966 when Janis Joplin first performed with the band and created so many chills in the people who saw and heard her live...Here is a performance on the TV show Hollywood Palace...wonder what the little old ladies in the audience thought of her reading of Gershwin