Dodgers fans: so far, so good in MLB’s latest All-Star Game voting update. You’re doing the work, and it’s paying dividends.
One humble request from the front office: Chris Taylor could use more of your focus and energy moving forward.
We understand that you think it’s fun and exciting to try to get Gavin Lux a starting gig, and we think that’s dynamite. But that push can wait ’til next year, when he’s more established and the game is at Dodger Stadium.
In 2021? We need you going full steam ahead on Taylor, who might be LA’s offensive MVP right now, and is within shouting distance of the All-Star Game. You can make the difference.
Thus far, Taylor ranks sixth in the outfield picture, and the top three vote-getters will be headed to a starring (and starting) role at the Midsummer Classic in Denver.
We are so close.
Dodgers All-Star Game Voting Update: Help Chris Taylor out!
Sorry, Mookie Betts, but you understand, right? You’ve got to move over. Justice must be served.
Luckily, Dodgers fans have an insurance policy here. In additional a league-wide poll of dugouts across MLB, the NL’s World Series manager has the final say in filling the last roster gaps with his reserves … and as you recall, that man is Dave Roberts, who will probably wedge Taylor into the group if he has the possibility of doing so.
We don’t want to play the long game, though. We don’t have the patience to fight through a metaphorical 10+-pitch-at-bat like Taylor does. We want to be rewarded now, and we want to get that reward by mashing buttons.
For reference, these are all the names currently dominating the voting. Can Taylor edge past Ronald Acuña Jr.? Eh. What about the other guys? Can you feel it?
Thus far in 2021, the versatile Taylor has slugged above his weight, slashing .274/.390/.463 for an OPS+ of 138 in a season where offense has been depressed league-wide.
You already know about Taylor’s intangibles, but the tangibles have been pretty damn exceptional in a contract year where a multitude of factors have been aligned to work against him (you heard Pete Alonso’s thoughts on the changing baseball…).
So, what are you waiting for, Dodgers fans? Mobilize! And if you can sneak Mookie Betts into a slot, too, we wouldn’t hate that. Got to represent well in Colorado so Trevor Story can get a real feel for his future teammates.