According to a report from Ken Rosenthal for the Athletic, the All-Star snub of Blake Snell and the ensuing criticism from players like Chris Archer and Justin Verlander, will likely result in MLB revamping its player-vote process for the Mid-Summer classic.
According to sources, baseball is open to pushing back the player vote, just as it pushed back the fan balloting after making that process entirely electronic. The fan voting this season began on June 1, a full month later than it did the year before.
The benefit of a full month extra has indeed paid off, as might be indicated by Yankees catcher falling from first to third in the fan voting, while Wilson Ramos rumbled to the top. Rosenthal argues the benefit of the full half-season of data creates a more accurate selection.
Under the current system, the players received their paper ballots on June 15 and returned them shortly thereafter, about three weeks before the teams were named. With more time, the players would make more informed decisions.
This brings the case-in-point to Blake Snell, whose All-Star snub has been covered extensively on this website (linked below). His absence from the roster has become the catalyst for this conversation.
Snell, for example, produced a 0.63 ERA in four starts after June 15, and two of those games were against the defending World Series champion Astros. He almost certainly would have received stronger support if the vote had been later.
As of this writing, Snell has yet to be added to the roster as an Alternate, but if Ken’s writing about it you know it’s real.
Honored some deserving All-Stars today.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 12, 2018