Voting for the 2013 KBO All-Star game wrapped up yesterday. Online fan voting will determine the starters for the game, while team managers will be responsible for choosing the reserves. Below is a list of the players with the most votes. See if you notice anything strange.
|Radhames Liz||LG||Start P||Yoon Sung-Hwan||Samsung|
|Bong Jung-Keun||LG||Rel P||Oh Seung-Hwan||Samsung|
|Hyun Jae-Yun||LG||C||Kang Min-Ho||Lotte|
|Kim Yong-Ui||LG||1B||Lee Seung-Yeop||Samsung|
|Son Joo-In||LG||2B||Jeong Keun-Woo||SK|
|Jeong Seong-Hoon||LG||3B||Choi Jeong||SK|
|Oh Ji-Hwan||LG||SS||Shin Bon-Ki||Lotte|
|Park Yong-Taik||LG||OF||Kim Hyun-Soo||Doosan|
|Jeong Ui-Yoon||LG||OF||Jeon Jun-Woo||Lotte|
|Lee Byeong-Kyu||LG||OF||Son Ah-Seop||Lotte|
|Lee Jin-Young||LG||DH||Kim Dae-Woo||Lotte|
The LG Twins swept all 11 spots on the Western team lineup. LG has performed unexpectedly well so far this season, and this seems to have revived their fan base. LG certainly has some deserving players, but all 11 spots? That's a bit much. This phenomenon is nothing new in Korea. The Lotte Giants had 11 starters last year, and have traditionally received a lot of votes. It seems that many Korean fans simply log in and vote for everyone on their favorite team. It's really too bad that the voting always seems to turn out this way. It may simply be unavoidable in a league with such a small number of teams, but it definitely takes a lot of meaning out of being named on all-star. Thankfully, the managers will select the remaining deserving players as reserves.
I would love to see the league do something to tackle this problem, but I'm not sure that they have any interest in doing so. Getting fans to come back to the website every day to vote may be exactly what they want, but here are some ideas that I've come up with.
Have any ideas of your own? Share them below in the comments.
The All-Star Game will take place July 19 in Pohang. Stay tuned for more information on the game and other all-star festivities.