MLB All-Star Game voting: Why three Cubs make Matt Snyder's early ballot but Mookie Betts, Carlos Correa get snubbed

The 2019 All-Star ballot was released on Tuesday at MLB.com and here's a primer on what you need to know. Voting ends June 21 at 4 p.m. ET and the game itself is July 9, 2019 -- which you can stream via fuboTV (Try for free). I will now go through how I am voting in the ballot as things stand. 

A few items of note, first: 

  • Many people believe the biggest overall stars should go to the game instead of a Johnny Come Lately type, so, for example, those people might favor Miguel Cabrera over Luke Voit. I don't do it this way. I look at the game as a reward for who is having the best current season. 
  • The most important thing here is that this is supposed to be a fun exhibition game. If there are two players close and I find one a lot more fun to watch, he's going to get my vote, even if the less fun player is having a slightly better season.
  • Overall, the vote is subjective. Of course I'll be more inclined to vote for players I prefer. 
  • Yes, I obviously hate your favorite team and players. That should go without saying. 

Let's get to it. 

American League

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Gary Sanchez NYY • C • 24
BA.265
R22
HR16
RBI32
SB0

No AL catcher has seen enough action to quality for the batting title and Mitch Garver of the Twins leads in WAR despite having played only 25 games. El Gary is absolutely destroying the ball right now, though, and he gets the nod. He's slugging .647. 

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Carlos Santana CLE • 1B • 41
BA.279
R29
HR9
RBI29
SB1

It's weird that AL first base is so underwhelming these days, no? Santana is having a great season in his return to Cleveland, getting on base at a .400 clip with good power. Apologies here to Voit and C.J. Cron. 

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Michael Chavis BOS • 2B • 23
BA.280
R20
HR10
RBI26
SB2

This is crowded. I wouldn't argue with votes for the Rays' Brandon Lowe, Royals' Whit Merrifield or the amazing breakout from the Angels' Tommy La Stella. Ultimately, though, I gave Chavis the nod because his emergence is one of the things that rescued the Red Sox from their early-season funk. 

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Alex Bregman HOU • 3B • 2
BA.266
R33
HR15
RBI35
SB2

Hunter Dozier of the Royals and Matt Chapman of the white-hot A's would be nice choices here and I'm sure Yankees fans want me to mention Gio Urshela, but Bregman is an easy pick for me. He leads the position in WAR and home runs and he's one of my favorite players to watch. 

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Jorge Polanco MIN • SS • 11
BA.332
R33
HR9
RBI26
SB1

Carlos Correa is having a huge year and I really love White Sox breakout Tim Anderson, but Polanco has been too good to pass up. He's slashing .332/.404/.584 for the team with a double-digit division lead. 

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Mike Trout LAA • CF • 27
BA.281
R37
HR12
RBI30
SB6

Next. 

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Joey Gallo TEX • LF • 13
BA.278
R38
HR15
RBI35
SB3

I said before the season that if Gallo could hit .250 with his on-base skills and excessive raw power that he'd be a star. He's at .287 with a .425 OBP, .646 slugging and plays acceptable defense in center field. Amazing. 

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George Springer HOU • RF • 4
BA.308
R41
HR17
RBI43
SB4

I know he's hurt but I'm hoping he'll be back in time. If not, teammate Michael Brantley would make a fine choice. Austin Meadows and Tommy Pham would be fine choices and the reigning MVP Mookie Betts will probably play his way into being the worthy choice by the time the game rolls around. 

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J.D. Martinez BOS • DH • 28
BA.304
R30
HR11
RBI31
SB1

It's really, really close between Just Dingers and Dan Vogelbach. Vogey has four more homers and a slightly higher OPS at the moment, but his team is dreadful right now and I'm guessing Martinez tops him in output by the time we get to the game. I will revisit this one by the third week in June, though, because Vogelbach crushing bombs is such a fun sight to see. 

National League

Willson Contreras C •
BA.312
R26
HR12
RBI32
SB1

He started last year and ended up with a dreadful second half making the selection look like a mistake. That isn't happening this time around. Contreras is destroying the ball, carrying a .416 OBP and .597 slugging. He also has a cannon behind the plate that is fun to watch in an All-Star Game. J.T. Realmuto and Yasmani Grandal are in the mix, but I didn't seriously consider anyone other than Contreras. 

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Josh Bell PIT • 1B • 55
BA.340
R39
HR17
RBI48
SB0

What an unbelievable breakout year for Bell. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .291/.406/.604 with 15 homers and 42 RBI and loses out here, which is a testament to Bell. Freddie Freeman and Pete Alonso deserve mention, as do Rhys Hoskins and Max Muncy and ... can we just throw some NL first baseman over to the AL? Jeez. Then again, the NL will get to name a DH and Rizzo would be the pick there at this point. 

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Ketel Marte ARI • CF • 4
BA.274
R32
HR12
RBI38
SB3

Who would've thought this one, huh? Marte is slugging .524 and has played an excellent second base. Funny enough, his biggest competition appears to be Mike Moustakas, a career third baseman, though Cesar Hernandez merits mention as well. 

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Kris Bryant CHC • 3B • 17
BA.283
R42
HR12
RBI34
SB1

Anthony Rendon would be the pick, but ...

Yeah, that's fine. I'm not gonna vote for you, then. 

That means we're back to the ol' Nolan Arenado vs. Kris Bryant debate, since Bryant is looking like his 2016 self. We have to use ballpark-adjusted stats with Arenado involved. He has a 145 wRC+, 146 OPS+, 2.6 bWAR and 2.3 fWAR. Bryant has a 155 wRC+, 152 OPS+, 2.3 bWAR and 2.3 fWAR. Arenado is better at third and Bryant is one of the best base-runners in baseball. Tough. The Cubs are in first place and the Rockies aren't good. I'm a Cubs fan, too. Bryant wins the coin flip. 

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Javier Baez CHC • SS • 9
BA.310
R37
HR13
RBI34
SB2

Easy pick. He's the most qualified candidate, is very fun and is my favorite player. Tips of the cap to Paul DeJong and Jean Segura. And, damn, that Fernando Tatis Jr. injury is a bummer. 

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Cody Bellinger LAD • RF • 35
BA.383
R48
HR19
RBI49
SB7
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Christian Yelich MIL • RF • 22
BA.322
R42
HR21
RBI44
SB10

C'mon, do I really need to explain? 

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Ronald Acuna ATL • LF • 13
BA.277
R35
HR11
RBI31
SB5

There are cases to be made for the likes of Joc Pederson, Michael Conforto and we can expect Bryce Harper to rack up the votes, but Acuna is in the mix for the third-best outfielder this season and I just really want to see him in the starting lineup because he's an amazing talent and very fun to watch. 

Just for fun, here are my lineups: 

American League

  1. George Springer, CF
  2. Alex Bregman, 3B
  3. Mike Trout, RF
  4. J.D. Martinez, DH
  5. Joey Gallo, LF
  6. Gary Sanchez, C
  7. Jorge Polanco, SS
  8. Michael Chavis, 2B
  9. Carlos Santana, 1B

National League

  1. Kris Bryant, 3B
  2. Cody Bellinger, RF
  3. Christian Yelich, CF
  4. Josh Bell, 1B
  5. Anthony Rizzo, DH
  6. Javier Baez, SS
  7. Willson Contreras, C
  8. Ronald Acuna, LF
  9. Ketel Marte, 2B

Don't like my choices? That's cool. Go vote

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered every World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the... Full Bio

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