Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia is no All-Star

Jul 3, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) hits a single during the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 3, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) hits a single during the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Boston Red Sox proselytizing for Dustin Pedroia is embarrassing to our knowledgeable fans. Pedey is no All-Star this year.r.

When did the Boston Red Sox become the Kansas City Royals ballot stuffing twins?

The latest missive from the Red Sox is to send Pedey to the All-Star Game. I did a quick check and Dustin Pedroia is earning $13,000,000 this season and that should be enough to purchase a first class ticket to San Diego. Alaska Air has a ticket for around $1,700 so maybe RSN can take a collection?

Pedroia is back and there is no doubt about that. The fielding metrics that had tanked in 2015 are now back in top of the line shape. Pedroia is also hitting and hitting hard. The average is above .300 and the extra-base hits are accumulating. The only downside is Pedroia’s ability to channel Jim Rice with a propensity to hit into DP’s, but even that means bullets.

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The Red Sox email and web site propaganda also carried onto the field with a decorative announcement around home plate for the faithful to stuff the electronic ballot box for “our guy.” Pure “Bush League” by Red Sox management and their minister of propaganda.

Pedroia is not an All-Star this season. No way!

The fact of life is Robinson Cano, Ian Kinsler, and even Jonathan Schoop are more deserving. Give a fool enough time (me) and I could probably build a case for Rougned Odor and Jason Kipnis. Kipnis is a special favorite of mine, as I love his glove work and the kid has some nice power.

Since second base is not an option, then go back door to get Pedroia an All-Star nod.

This latest vote is not about second baseman, per se, but an open spot on the AL roster for a deserving player and Pedroia is not that player. Pedroia is now behind Michael Saunders and George Springer and ahead of Kinsler and Evan Longoria in this latest popularity contest. Saunders and Springer have never been to the All-Star Game and are certainly deserving based on performance and not some sympathy vote.

I hate what the Red Sox do with that passive-aggressive approach to the All-Star voting. Our fans know baseball and know who deserves it and who does not. This season others do and it is not a reflection on Pedroia, but on the sudden quality that has surfaced among American League second basemen.

The Red Sox have an intelligent fan base and you see it at the park. I travel to other stadiums and you see all the idiotic messages on their electronic boards – make noise, clap, fall asleep. At Fenway Park, it is spontaneous and we know when to cheer, clap, put on our rally hats or when the pitcher needs to be yanked.

At Fenway, you will not see ketchup, mustard and relish races as a highlight of the evening. We will stick with attempting a silly wave and chant a song that should have been buried along with disco. Our mascot has enough survival skills to stay away from the bleachers and you buy shirts without having them shot into the stands.

So stuffing a ballot is not our style, nor should it be encouraged. We know who belongs – even if they happen to be a Yankee. Keep the foolish ballot stuffing in baseball backwaters like Kansas City and their noted ballot stuffing.

Even the broadcast crew of Steve Lyons and Dennis Eckersley got into the foolishness on NESN during the Wednesday’s night game with hashtag and texting to get Pedroia into the game. Enough.

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Pedroia doesn’t belong at second, nor does he belong as this convoluted second chance entry.

Time to clean out my spam folder or maybe send Red Sox emails to it?