Every year, Major League Baseball’s ballot for the All-Star Game has some strange inclusions and omissions. The root of those issues presumably dates back to a process that forced the league to design and print millions of ballots and distribute them to ballparks across the country, but the move to electronic ballots on the internet didn’t quite resolve all of the issues. It’s not something to get too worked up over, but it can be fun to laugh and point at some of the things that are or aren’t on the ballot.
One person who looks like he’s always laughing happens to also be one of the best hitters in baseball so far this year: Brandon Nimmo. He’s one of those names that’s not on the ballot, and in fairness to the rest of baseball’s outfielders, Nimmo’s plate appearance total is quite a bit lower than most of the rest of the crowd. But with a minimum of 140 plate appearances—Nimmo’s at 149 at the moment—and a .294/.436/.597 line with seven home runs, he has a 185 wRC+ that ranks third in all of baseball, trailing only Mookie Betts and Mike Trout.
As bleak as things have looked for the Mets over the past month-and-a-half, especially over the last two weeks, Nimmo, the topic of this week’s entire episode of the podcast, is one of the best things the team has going for it right now. And the All-Star Game is supposed to be fun, so let’s write him in so many times on the ballot that he gets a spot on the roster. It might sound hard, but if Nimmo can surpass expectations so wildly, maybe Mets fans can do the same for him.
Here’s how to do it:
- Go to the MLB.com All-Star ballot.
- Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the ballot, and you’ll see a spot to write in outfielders. It looks something like this:
3. Click on where it says “Write-In Vote” and start typing Nimmo’s name.
4. Click on his name, and you should see him as one of your selections atop the list of outfielders.
And you’re done! Vote for some other players if you’d like, too. Asdrubal Cabrera definitely deserves it. And sending some other Mets there, whether they warrant selection or not, might be fun, too. But even if you’re just voting for Nimmo and nobody else, you’re doing your part to make the All-Star Game a happier place.