MLB: Josh Hamilton and Players with the Most All-Star Votes Ever
Josh Hamilton is the first player in baseball history to amass eight-figures’ worth of all-star votes. He popped over the 11 million mark as the voting – a record year itself with 40 million votes cast, eight million more than last year – wrapped up.
Hamilton breaks last year’s record, held by Jose Bautista, who started 2011 on an absolute slugging tear.
The Internet age has surely changed all-star voting, with more fans having a say than ever, and several times over. Most of the time they get it right, but as in the case of mostly-injured San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval‘s selection over the .354 batting New York Met David Wright, there is the occasional case of “stuffing the ballot box” via all-star promotional campaigns that encourage fans to vote many times online (to a max of 25 ballots per voter).
These are the top 16 players with the most all-star votes since 1970, the year fan voting was reinstated. Nine of the 16 occurred in the 2000′s (2009-2012 are four of the top five years).
You have to give props to Ken Griffey, Jr., who reigned supreme with his unheard of six million votes back in a much-less-digital 1994.
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|1.||Josh Hamilton||Texas Rangers||LF/CF||2012||11,073,744|
|2.||Jose Bautista||Toronto Blue Jays||RF||2011||7,454,753|
|3.||Ken Griffey, Jr.||Seattle Mariners||CF||1994||6,079,688|
|4.||Albert Pujols||St. Louis Cardinals||1B||2009||5,397,374|
|5.||Joe Mauer||Minnesota Twins||C||2010||5,372,606|
|6.||Rod Carew||Minnesota Twins||1B||1977||4,292,740|
|7.||David Ortiz||Boston Red Sox||DH||2005||4,138,141|
|8.||Alex Rodriguez||New York Yankees||3B||2008||3,934,518|
|9.||Davey Lopes||Los Angeles Dodgers||2B||1980||3,862,403|
|10.||Reggie Jackson||Oakland A’s||RF||1974||3,497,357|
|11.||Alfonso Soriano||Texas Rangers||2B||2004||3,466,447|
|12.||Ichiro Suzuki||Seattle Mariners||RF||2001||3,373,035|
|13.||Joe Morgan||Cincinnati Reds||2B||1976||3,079,082|
|14.||Barry Bonds||San Francisco Giants||LF||1993||3,074,603|
|15.||Ivan Rodriguez||Texas Rangers||C||2000||2,808,456|
|16.||Gary Carter||Montreal Expos||C||1982||2,785,407|