The Last Time A Black Player Led In All-Star Voting Was Ken Griffey Jr. In 1999 | Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge Can Change That

The Last Time A Black Player Led In All-Star Voting Was Ken Griffey Jr. In 1999 | Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge Can Change That

Phase 1 of the fan voting process of the 2022 MLB All-Star game was just complete, as the MLB released its standings. The two leaders so far: Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts.

Aaron Judge is on a tear for the best team in baseball, the New York Yankees, as the team has earned a 52-19 record so far, and is on pace for 120 wins. During the 58 games that he has played, he is batting .304, with 27 home runs, 53 RBI, with an on-base percentage of .379, and a slugging percentage of .658. He also has a total of 79 hits and 58 runs scored.

His runs scored and home run total are both leading all of baseball, and Judge is on pace for 60 home runs, which would be the first time anyone has reached that milestone since 2001, when both Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds each hit over 60.

Mookie Betts, who just recently went on the injured list with a cracked rib, had one of the best months of May in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers. During that month, he had 12 home runs, 27 RBI, an on-base percentage of .411, a slugging percentage of .741, and was batting .342 during that span. Overall, in the 60 games he has played, he is batting .273, hitting 17 home runs and 60 RBI, a .349 on-base percentage, and a .535 slugging percentage.

If Betts or Judge can continue to lead the All-Star polls, and either be the voting leader when it is all said and done, it would be the first time a Black player would have the most All-Star votes since Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners did it in 1999.

As Betts locked in his massive deal back in 2020, now it is Judge’s turn to get his. Judge, who had just agreed to a one-year, $19 million contract to avoid arbitration, is set to be a free agent at the end of the 2022 season.

He turned down an seven-year, $213.5 million offer at the beginning of the season from the Yankees, and with the season he is having, it is looking like he made the right decision. He is set for an even bigger payday, whether that is from the Yankees, or from a different team.


As Judge is essentially a lock to start in the Midsummer Classic, Betts will be, too, if he can make it back from the IL in time. After the All-Star break, the next focus is to continue their respective sensational seasons during the second half to try and lock up awards for the season, like MVPs, All-MLB team slots, and most importantly, a championship. Although there are nine players in each lineup, plus the pitchers, neither the Dodgers nor the Yankees will be the last one standing without their stars continuing to do what they are doing.

Marcus Semien’s MLB All-Star Start Is Inevitable | He Owns Second Base In The AL

Marcus Semien’s MLB All-Star Start Is Inevitable | He Owns Second Base In The AL

The news is finally out. The MLB revealed the finalists for the 2021 All-Star Game in Colorado. One of those elite ballers just  happens to be our MLBbro Marcus Semien.

There’s no question that the Toronto Blue Jays second baseman has been one of the hottest players in the league throughout the season and he deserves to play in the All-Star game — the first of his career.

Let’s be real, there’s a really good chance that he will be selected to play in the game. He leads all voting for American League second basemen and can potentially be a starter in his first appearance.

The All-Star starters for the American and National League will be announced on Thursday, July 1st.

This season has been a memorable one for Semien so far. In his first season with the Blue Jays, this brother quickly became a fan favorite and a household name.



During the month of May, Semien was one of the top hitters in the league. He started the month on a 12-game hitting streak and during that streak, he had a game where he went 4-for-6 with a home run against his former team the Oakland Athletics.

People around MLB quickly started to catch on to Semien and pay close attention to how well he was playing. 

Semien only had three games in May where he did not register a hit. His bat was flaming.  

He finished May with a .368 batting average, eight home runs and 22 RBI.

Those type of numbers will get people around the league talking about you.

The American League named him Player of the Month and it was well deserving. The Blue Jays have benefited a lot from making the move to acquire Semien. He’s been nothing short of an impactful player and solid veteran presence in the locker room. 

Semien is one of the top hitters on the team, currently boasting a .281 batting average with 45 RBI through 76 games and he’s second on the team to AL MVP front-runner Vlad Guerrero with 18 home runs. 


His impressive hitting has continued throughout June as well. It’s like he can do no wrong at the plate. He is currently riding a  five-game hitting streak and had a 2-for-4 performance in his recent game on July 27th against the Baltimore Orioles.

It would be a shock if Semien was not selected to the All-Star Game, but let’s be real. The chances of that happening are very slim.

The 30-year-old is setting himself up to have a successful career in Toronto. If he keeps playing like this, he will definitely play in more All-Star games in the future.

This is a great sign to see for the MLBBros. To see Semien having the success that he’s having is amazing.

He won’t be the only Black player in this year’s All-Star Game, but he’s definitely among the most deserving. 

For the last few years, Semien has put the work in to become one of the best in the game and you love to see his hard work paying off.