May 28, 2002
A little rabble rousing is good for the soul

The Fat Guy is calling for all civic-minded baseball fans to give Commissioner Beelzebud the cyber-finger by voting Montreal and Minnesota players onto the 2002 All Star Team. I think this is a fine idea, so consider this post to be an endorsement.

There is some historical precedent for this kind of gerrymandering - in 1957, fans of the Cincinnati Reds stuffed the ballot box and voted all eight Reds regulars onto the National League squad. The bad news is that this so incensed Commissioner Ford Frick (of Roger Maris asterisk fame) that he took All Star Game voting away from the fans. Fans didn't get to vote again until 1970. But hey, real protest involves risk, right? So go forth and do your duty.

UPDATE: Even respectable mainstreamers like The Baseball Prospectus and ESPN's Rob Neyer have mentioned this movement. Both pointed to this link, which has apparently gotten a fair amount of publicity. Get on board now while you still can.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 28, 2002 to Baseball