On this beautiful off day in Denver do not spend your free time outside in the sun getting burned, spend it inside writing in Jonathan Herrera on the All-Star ballot for the 2011 All-Star game in Arizona.
The Rockies are well represented on the ballot already; Todd Helton, Jose Lopez, Ian Stewart, Troy Tulowitzki, Chris Iannetta, Carlos Gonzalez, Seth Smith and Dexter Fowler are all on the ballot.
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Can even the fan blinded most by his/her loyalty really vote for Stewart or Lopez? It feels like Stewart has spent more time in AAA this year than in the majors and he is on the ballot. I think most Rockies fans are fed up with him and won’t vote for him anyway. As for Lopez, can any fan really vote for someone whose on-base percentage is below the Mendoza line? There are plenty of examples every year where some high priced slugger is battig .209 and sitting below the Mendoza line, but they also usually hit 30-40 home runs (see Mark Reynolds, Adam Dunn or Carlos Pena). Lopez isn’t going to hit 20 home runs, much less 30 or more and his batting average is down to .141 and his on-base percentage is a lower than low .163. No way even the most faithful Rockies fan can vote for Lopez.
One last stat on Lopez; his OPS+ is 1 right now, 1. An average big league player would have an OPS+ of 100.
All the other Rockies on the ballot are fair game for Rockies fans. Vote for Iannetta! He does have some pretty big home runs this year and his on-base percentage is .388. Helton just tied Lou Gehrig on the all time doubles list and that HAS to be worth a few All-Star votes. Sure CarGo struggled in April, but his bat is coming around now and it wouldn’t be the first time a player was voted to the game the year AFTER his All-Star worthy season.
The one name that is missing from the list is Herrera. Some might say that outside of Tulo Herrera has been the Rockies best hitter in 2011.
It sure would be cool to see a pair of Rockies starting the All-Star game in the middle of the diamond.
Herrera is third in the National League among second basemen in batting average, first in on-base percentage, shockingly fourth in slugging, second in walks, 19th in strikeouts (good thing), first in pitches seen per plate appearance and third in WAR. He is among the league leaders in a lot of offensive categories that do not involve power. Herrera is not Dan Uggla or Rickie Weeks, but I would take Herrera over Uggla on any day that ends in “y”.
At the end of the All-Star ballot select the right club and position and type in Jonathan Herrera into the first and last name box. You can vote 25 times. Write in Herrera 25 times. At least get his name into the top three to force the big TV networks to talk about Herrera when they talk about who is leading in votes for each position.
With Chase Utley still on the DL the race for second is wide open in 2011. Let’s get a Rockie voted in.