A Time to Vote
We are fast approaching the quarter mile post of the 2006 baseball season and with that we are being reminded almost daily to vote for the all-star game. When I was a kid there were only a few ways to make your vote heard. You either had to attend a Major League Baseball game and get the ballot from an usher at the stadium or you could cut one out of the local newspaper and mail it in. Nowadays, thanks to the technology we possess, voting is down right simple!
You can still do it the old fashioned way by punching the holes in the ballots at the ballpark and handing them back to the ushers. Of course after the Presidential election snafu with all of those "hanging chads" why leave anything to chance? Simply log on to indians.com and vote electronically! Its simple and you can really impact your favorite players chances by voting up to 25 times per day. I can hear the purists moaning in the background but, hey this thing has always been a popularity contest from the get-go.
Last year because the Indians got off to such a slow start the only player selected to the midsummer classic was closer Bob Wickman. Two years ago the Indians sent five players to the all-star game including Victor Martinez, Ronnie Belliard, CC Sabathia, Jake Westbrook and Matt Lawton.
Casey Blake is currently leading the American League in batting average and is certainly playing well enough to warrant an all-star game selection. Travis Hafner is leading the league in runs scored, tied for 4th in runs batted in, and is also among the league leaders in home runs. Victor Martinez had a streak of reaching base safely in 45 consecutive games dating back to last year and is one of the top run producing catchers in the game. Despite missing the first month of the season, CC Sabathia is also making a bid for the all-star game with a 2-1 record and a 2.31 era.
Seven times in Indians history the club has sent only one representative to the all-star game in back-to-back years. The most recent was in 2002-03 when Omar Vizquel and CC Sabathia went to the midsummer classic for the Tribe. Will 2006 mark the 8th time in franchise history that this has happened or will Indians fans rise as one and let their collective voices be heard? Only time will tell and the clock is ticking. Voting ends on June 21st.