As ESPN’s Buster Olney pointed out, Votto has an exceptional combination of high slugging, low strikeout tendencies.
Yet Votto is a distant fifth in voting, even trailing Freeman, who hasn’t played in six weeks, by roughly 60,000 votes. Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo, who’s received the second most votes, ranks fifth in the NL in first baseman WAR.
Statistics support Votto as the second most productive first baseman in the NL this season. But the reality of All-Star voting is that it’s a popularity contest. With only three days left to vote, Votto’s fate likely falls in the hands of coaches.