LOS ANGELES -- David Wright expressed disappointment with Pablo Sandoval surging over the final few days of voting to handily overtake him in NL All-Star balloting at third base. Still, Wright expressed gratitude the players voted him into the July 10 game in Kansas City as a backup.
Wright did not quibble with the voting system.
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“That’s the way that the system is, and Pablo is having a very good year. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed that I don’t get a chance to start, but I’m going to do everything I can to help win that game. And let’s not lose sight that it’s a great honor to go, no matter how you get a chance to go.”
Is the system flawed?
“We play the game, obviously, for the fans,” Wright said. “You can never complain about going to an All-Star Game, no matter how you get there. Would you like to start? Of course. Everybody would like to start. But that’s not the case. I understand how the system works, and I respect that.”
Wright had made five straight NL All-Star squads before missing last year. He watched the 2011 game from Florida while rehabbing from a stress fracture in his lower back.
“We’re disappointed David didn’t get elected, but we send our congratulations to Pablo Sandoval and a great fanbase and great fan support,” Terry Collins said. “But the baseball people saw it fit that David is on this club, which he deserves to be. We just have to do a better job of making sure our fans want to come and see us, so we’ve got to start winning more games so we don’t see this happen [again].
“We were disappointed. We had the lead a couple of days ago. It’s the system. It’s the system, is what it is. And we accept it. And he has every right to be disappointed. And I thought he was going to be elected, and he wasn’t. But he’s going to be there. And he deserves to be there.”