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As the final All-Star votes are tallied, let the complaining begin

Picture via @Stuwass55, Twitter.

As the above photo indicates, Tigers take their baseball civics seriously.

But it’s easy to see why they might be miffed if Alex Avila, who trails the Yankees’ Russell Martin by about 500,000 votes, doesn’t land a starting catcher role in the All-Star Game.

Avila leads all catchers with a .304 batting average – 74 points above Martin. He has also thrown out 38 percent of prospective base-stealers, which sits 9 percent above Martin’s league average rate. Additionally, Avila touts a league best RBI total of 45, and his home run total of 10 is third in the league and bested only by those hitting at least 60 points below him.

Yes, as a huge Tiger fan (At age 7, I names my trio of pet snails Sparky, Mickey and Cecil), I’m hardly objective here. But I’m always frustrated when All-Star voting is driven by city size rather than performance.

Is there anyone out there who actually votes on merit? I try to. But I must admit that I tend not to vote for players, who, for mostly silly reasons, I’ve decided are jerk wads.

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