|Smilin' Jack Ruby:
My dad and I used to pick up TONS of ballots at Arlington Stadium and then at the Dome and we'd spend the entire game punching holes for the Rangers and the Astros.
No offense, SJR (which usually indicates someone is about to offend you), but that is the exact reason that I'm opposed in general to fan voting for all-star contests - players and coaches often put someone in based on rep, but fans are ridiculous.
We had an all-star discussion on the board last year, and where I went and crunched some #s for worthy candidates, other people just "voted Braves" or whatever, which is NOT in the spirit of what an all-star game should be. An all-star game should be a reward for a season (or half-season, at least) of excellent baseball. Does rep factor into it? Sure. But as rewarding as Cal Ripken's appearance last year was, by no stretch of the imagination was he producing at that level on the field.
When I vote for all-star teams (which is rarely), I take it seriously, not as a rallying cry to put "my" team's members into the game, performance be damned. To do otherwise is to sell the sport short.