Are Teams Actually "Bribing" Fans for All-Star Votes?

Posted by Cheryl Nichols | Friday, April 24, 2009 | , , | 2 comments »

First of all, it is April. The 2009 MLB All-Star Game voting opened on Wednesday, April 22.

Sure, 16 games is plenty of games to evaluate and pick all-stars. I don't think so! This is ridiculous. The voting opens earlier each year and the ballots end up having players that are starting in that position or even playing at all (i.e. Nick Johnson was listed as the starting 1B for the Nats in 2008 and, as we all know, Nick didn't play a single game in 2007 and Dmitri Young was starting at 1B in 2007 and beginning of 2008).

Teams like the Yankees, Red Sox and Cubs always rack up fan votes right out of the box. However, there are some teams that appear to be trying to "bribe" or reward fans to vote.

The Orioles are running a "Vote Orange Save Green" campaign offering a free ticket to a non-prime home game after the break if you select the Orioles as as your "favorite" or "other favorite" Club the maximum 25 times between Wed., April 22 and Thu., July 2 or $5 off one (1) regularly priced ticket if you simply do it once.

Are other teams offering rewards for voting? I have not seen any yet. What do you think about this? Right or wrong? If you think it is fine, why aren't the Nationals offering anything?

Having said all that, go out and Vote for the Nationals! Notice anything wrong with the pictures of OFs? Kearns or Willingham could be the victim of ballot made too soon.

2 comments

  1. Wil Nieves // April 24, 2009 at 5:22 PM  

    "Nick Johnson was listed as the starting 1B for the Nats in 2007 and, as we all know, Nick didn't play a single game in 2008"

    I think these years may be reversed.

    I have no problem with teams bribing the fans - I can't wait for the Nats to give away Teddy gear if you vote 25 times! Speaking of which, there really should be a place on the All Star ballot to pick the best mascot in MLB...

  2. Cheryl Nichols // April 27, 2009 at 10:56 AM  

    Thanks. I fixed the date. Nick was injured in the collision with Austin Kearns on 9/23/2006 at Shea and was out the entire 2007 season.