MLB All-Star Game Ballot Stacking
The MLB All-Star game is just about two weeks away, and voting has been open for more than a month. Usually there are some punch cards at the ball parks that allow you to cast your vote for whoever you want to represent your team in the All-Star game, but this is the first year that it is an online only system.
This online only system seems pretty ingenuous because there can be no miscount of votes, but it does leave room for ballot stacking, which is when an individual votes for the same candidate or candidates multiple times for the same event.
This trend of ballot stacking is becoming a real problem because one device is permitted to vote up to 35 times. So if a fan of a team wanted their players to start they could easily take their phone, computer, tablet, relatives electronic devices, and public computers to vote 35 times for the same player.
This exact thing is currently happening with the Kansas City Royals, as they currently have 8 out of the 9 starters for the American League’s All-Star team. The only other non-Royals starter is Angels outfielder Mike Trout.
Royals manager Ned Yost told USA Today, “There’s nothing wrong. The votes are the votes. If you don’t like it, go out there and vote.”
While Yost makes a valid point that people need to go vote, I do not think that you should be able to vote 35 times because that skews results.
I recently went to see the Pirates play in Atlanta, and I was expecting there to be booths with cards that you can cast your vote for your favorite players. Instead, I saw signs that said, ” Go vote for your favorite players at MLB.com.”
These signs did not make me go vote on my phone. Out of Laziness? Perhaps. But I do know if they had a card I could write on, I would be casted my vote.
This system of 35 votes per device is absolutely absurd. It is absolutely stupid to allow people multiple votes on separate devices because it tips the voting scale. I wish that commissioner Manfred would just change it back to how it used to be.
The All-Star voting system should only be at ballparks. If they want to keep the system an online only system, fine, leave it that way, but put kiosks at the ballparks where people can go vote. I think that you should only be allowed to vote at the ballparks because you are going and showing your true fandom, instead of just voting for people because your buddies wanted you to vote for those players.
This is just another instance of how technology isn’t always the answer.