If you want to vote Mets OF Brandon Nimmo to the All-Star game this year, you’ll have to write his name in because he’s not on the ballot.
The 25-year-old has been a bright spot on the team this season, hitting .294/.436/.597 with seven HR, seven doubles, four triples, 26 runs scored, and five stolen bases. He’s been a catalyst atop the Mets lineup whenever he’s played.
Some of the underwhelming players who did make the ballot ahead of Nimmo include Reds OF Billy Hamilton, who is hitting .205/.289/.295, and the Phillies’ Aaron Altherr, who is hitting .190/.321/.343 with five home runs.
Nimmo hasn’t been an everyday player all year long, meaning he’s accrued fewer plate appearances than the players above. Perhaps that’s why he was left off the ballot?
Playing time can’t be the argument against Nimmo, because a pair of players with fewer at-bats are on the ballot: Diamondbacks OF Steven Souza Jr., who is hitting .163/.204/.186 with 0 HR in 47 plate appearances, and Padres OF Will Myers, who is hitting .300/.300/.450 in 40 plate appearances.
With paper All-Star ballots no longer existing, there is simply no valid reason why Nimmo isn’t on the ballot.
The entire voting process has gone digital, meaning Devin Mesoraco — who the Mets didn’t acquire until May 8 — is on the ballot. As a Met.
Nimmo is not only one of the most valuable players on the Mets, but one of the most valuable in all of baesball. His .436 OBP (min. 145 plate appearances) leads the majors, and is second to only the Angels’ Mike Trout and Mookie Betts of the Red Sox.
Nimmo’s slugging percentage ranks ninth in baseball, ahead of the Yankees’ Aaron Judge and the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado.
All-Star voting is often a mess, with many fans stuffing the ballot box to vote in undeserving players. And in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn’t matter all that much. But if we’re going to have an All-Star Game and let fans vote for the players who should be there, it’s a joke that Nimmo’s name isn’t on the ballot.
Apr 26, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Puetz)