All-Star Voting for this year’s summer classic has been released and you have to wonder how Atlanta Braves fans will react.
Consider me at the top of the list of people who were outraged by the commissioner’s decision to take the 2021 MLB All-Star Game away from the Atlanta Braves.
I wrote about it here back when it happened and my feelings remain the same.
The question now is with All-Star voting underway, how will Braves fans respond?
Typically Braves fans are some of the most active voters in all of baseball — whether it be for the All-Star Game or just a meaningless poll on Twitter, Braves fans love to vote for their players.
But with the way everything went down, it’s possible Braves players won’t get the support they’re accustomed to seeing from fans.
That’s certainly sad as it’s basically punishing the players for something they couldn’t control — just how MLB essentially punished the Braves for something they couldn’t control.
However, I for one want nothing to do with the MLB All-Star Game this year and I’m willing to bet several of you are in the same boat.
That doesn’t mean I think it’s wrong if your a Braves fan who will be actively voting for the ASG, watching, or even attending. Just me, personally, I’ll be boycotting everything about the ASG this year.
Which Braves Players Deserve to be at ASG
But let’s take personal feelings out of it for a moment and look at which Braves players actually deserve to be considered for the ASG.
Ronald Acuna Jr. is the no-brainer and should be a starter for the National League.
It would not surprise me at all if Freddie Freeman still gets in just based on reputation. And he’s still top 5 in the NL in WAR among first baseman.
Ozzie Albies actually has the highest WAR among NL second baseman and is trending up.
Austin Riley certainly deserves some consideration right now. He’s third in the NL in WAR among third baseman, but has some stiff competition with Nolan Arenado and Justin Turner.
Even though the starting pitching has been good for Atlanta this year, there isn’t anyone I’d consider All-Star worthy at this point.
If Max Fried can pitch as he did in May, then perhaps he gets in.
And you know nobody from this bullpen is getting in the All-Star Game.
I’d say at least two guys get in from Atlanta — Ronnie and either FF or Ozzie. Let me know in the comments if you’ll be voting for the ASG this year, and if so, what Braves players deserve to get in.