The anarchy of it all – lax registration restrictions and the looming presence of computerized bots and the desire of Kansas City Royals fans to hijack the entire process – was like a pre-Brexit exercise on the perils of populism.At this point last year, Major League Baseball said more than 400 million ballots had been cast in its All-Star Game voting.
This year, almost certainly by design, All-Star voting results are down significantly. Baseball hasn't released numbers, but the top vote-getters in 2016 have received less than half of what their 2015 counterparts had at the same juncture. Part of that is due to a change in the rules that allows fans the same number of votes as last year, 35, but caps the per-day limit at five, meaning those who want to cast their full complement of ballots must do it over seven days.
While MLB hasn't publicly affirmed its efforts to root out automatic voting scripts that can stuff e-boxes, the notoriety of last year's vote – and Omar Infante's near Read More »from 10 Degrees: MLB All-Star voting is down, and the Cubs want ballot-box anarchy