I guess the whole teaming-up concept has worked in the past. But how will it work for two markets without a history of stuffing the All-Star ballot boxes (or inboxes), let alone the two towns’ low average attendance figures?â†µ
Apathy tends to be a problem in the Valley for the local baseball team, despite the success the D-backs have had this season. Higher attendance tends to equal more votes, no matter how aggressive the online campaign is.â†µ
No doubt Kennedy (8-2, 3.01 ERA) is deserving. But he’s up against three bigger names in the game, at least from a national perspective — Andre Ethier from the Dodgers, Shane Victorino from the Phillies and Todd Helton from the Rockies — in the Final Vote where one of five candidates is chosen based on fan vote this week.â†µ
Ethier alone will garner some votes from the Phoenix area, as a native of this town.â†µ
Give credit to the D-backs for at least trying something to get more attention for Kennedy. Even if the Twitter hashtag slogan “#VoteIanIn” is less catchier than “#HelpZoGo” for Zobrist.â†µ
Voting ends Thursday at noon.