Despite their success, the Oakland A’s don’t get much respect from the rest of the nation, and they don’t have the bandwagon fanbase like the San Francisco Giants or New York Yankees.
So, it is no surprise that once again, it looks likely that they will not have a player voted in by the fans as an All-Star.
The first returns of the fan vote were released today for the American League, and Jed Lowrie, the player who received the most votes for the A’s, was fourth in his position.
With a .314 batting average, Lowrie sits behind Elvis Andrus (.260) of the Rangers, J.J. Hardy (.245) of the Orioles and Jhonny Peralta (.332) of the Tigers.
The most disappointing fact was that Josh Donaldson, who is the A’s most deserving All-Star. He did not even get enough votes to have his name in the announcement.
Donaldson ranks third among all AL third baseman with a .319 batting average, and has been the A’s most productive offensive player this season.
Unfortunately, a guy like Kevin Youkilis (hitting .247 and played in just 20 games) is in the top five of third basemen simply because he wears pinstripes.
In the outfield, it was also not a surprise to see Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp rank 12th and 13th in the AL, respectively. Neither of them will be All-Stars, but it is safe to say that they deserve a lot more votes than they are getting.
According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A’s plan on promoting their All-Star candidates via social media and in-stadium messages in the coming weeks.
Hopefully, fans can come together and a deserving player like Donaldson is voted in.
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