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SportMaking sense of MLB's new All-Star voting system

02:15  29 may  2019
02:15  29 may  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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MLB has unveiled a new two-tiered All - Star voting system that is now underway. It used to be much simpler. Voting for the Major League Baseball All - Star game in the lo-fi era only took one sentence to explain: Go to a game, get a ballot, pick your players and then return the ballot.

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Making sense of MLB's new All-Star voting system© Getty OAKLAND, CA - MAY 10: The logo of the 2019 All Star Game is seen on the sleeve of a Cleveland player in the MLB game between the Indians and A's on May 10, 2019 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, CA. (Photo by Larry Placido/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) It used to be much simpler. Voting for the Major League Baseball All-Star game in the lo-fi era only took one sentence to explain: Go to a game, get a ballot, pick your players and then return the ballot.

Ah, the paper ballots. They’ve gone of the way of the VHS tape, the compact disc and 8-bit video games. Things these days are more “convenient” — the league would tell you — and more technologically advanced.

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MLB All - Star voting is proving that baseball has a superstar problem. Mike Oz. A new wrinkle in All - Star voting this year could help. Right now we’re in the “primary” phase of voting . That’ s what life is like as a whole in the social media era. So it makes sense that baseball is the same way.

Opinion: In inaugural year, MLB ' s new All - Star Game voting system got it right. During that 28-hour voting period from Wednesday into Thursday afternoon, fans got to take a closer look at the top candidates and did a pretty darn good job selecting the most worthy players.

But explaining MLB All-Star voting in one sentence these days would take a pretty long sentence. Especially in 2019.

The league rolled out its brand new All-Star voting system Tuesday. It’s a two-tiered approach that was announced before the season, but it’s now active and collecting votes.

It might be more convenient. It might be more technologically advanced. But the jury is out on whether it is actually easier to understand.

You know what makes things easier to understand? Bullet points. So here are some bullet points on how the new system works:

• Starting Tuesday, fans can cast their votes online for the All-Stars at each position except pitchers. This can be done via MLB.com/vote or be using a new Google-assisted platform that’s built into the search engine. MLB is calling this portion “The Primary.”

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It’ s the typical All - Star voting you’re used to in which you can pick anyone. That goes through June 21. The top three vote -getters at each position will While this is a somewhat convoluted way of picking an All - Star team, Major League Baseball’ s interest in this is not, primarily anyway, about picking the

MLB All - Star starting participants used to be selected by the managers of their respective teams, based on strengths and But if MLB is going to keep the system as-is, something needs to be done beyond the current structure in place. Either let fans influence an event that should have no bearing

• You can type “MLB vote” into Google and a new-look ballot pops up. You can make your selections right there. If you Google a player’s name, there’s also an option to vote for them for the All-Star game. Fans can submit five ballots every 24 hours.

• The first round of voting runs until 4 p.m. ET on Friday, June 21. After that, a second round of voting called “The Starters Election” begins at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 26. It features the top three players at each position in each league. Voting from The Primary doesn’t carry over into the second round.

• There’s a 28-hour window for fans to vote on the finalists, wrapping up at 4 p.m. the following day with results announced at 7 p.m. ET.

• As is customary, the rest of the All-Star rosters will be voted on by players, chosen by MLB and the All-Star managers. That final announcement will happen Sunday, June 30.

See, that’s definitely not one sentence.

The new process is a lot like politics — a wider field narrowed into a smaller group and then ultimately a winner. There are a lot of layers when you compare it to the old way of voting, but it’s also a product of a modern world in which people are used to voting on everything.

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• VOTE NOW: 2019 Google MLB All - Star Ballot. Those who take the field at the start of this year’ s All - Star With change come questions. So here’ s a handy guide to understanding this year’ s new Do fans still select the All - Star starters? Yes. The fans remain responsible for the position players in

VOTE NOW: 2018 Camping World MLB All - Star BallotThe Reds' Scooter Gennett and the Cubs'. Atlanta BravesAtlanta Miami MarlinsMiami New York MetsNY Mets Philadelphia Races get close as All - Star voting nears wire. Fans have until Thursday to cast votes for Midsummer Classic starters.

In a Google-driven world where we pick music stars on “American Idol” and “The Voice” and algorithms know what we like before we do, it makes sense that this is what All-Star voting has become.

Just hope you can remember it all.

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Mike Oz is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @mikeoz

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