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Updated: April 28th, 2014 6:21pm
Mackey: Chris Colabello the current victim of MLB's archaic system

Mackey: Chris Colabello the current victim of MLB's archaic system

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by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com

Chris Colabello has been one of the most interesting stories in baseball this season, there's no doubt.

After spending most of his 20's in an independent league, he finally gets a shot to climb the ladder in a major league organization and he responds by raking in Double-A, raking in Triple-A, raking in the World Baseball Classic, and now raking in the major leagues.

Colabello's 27 April RBIs (and counting?) are a Twins team record, and only two players have driven in more runs in the major leagues so far this season. His nine doubles currently rank fifth in the majors.

And come on... The dude blasted a home run on his mom's birthday while she was being interviewed live on FSN...

But do you want to know something completely archaic and silly?

Chris Colabello -- one of baseball's best run producers through the first 30 days this season -- isn't even on Major League Baseball's All-Star ballot.

Go ahead and take a look for yourself.

Josh Willingham, despite having played only a handful of games due to injury, is on it. So is Pedro Florimon, whose slugging percentage (.173) is lower than his weight (180).

The Colabello omission is more of a knock on MLB's often archaic thinking than it is on the Twins.

Here's how the process works: During the early part of spring training, each MLB front office submits projected starters at each position. Twins assistant GM Rob Antony, who was in charge of this process for the Twins, listed Joe Mauer as the first baseman, Oswaldo Arcia, Aaron Hicks and Willingham as the outfielders, and Jason Kubel as the DH. This is what they projected at the time, and if not for injuries to Arcia and Willingham, it's possible Colabello wouldn't have nearly as many at-bats.

OK, that's fine. But why can't MLB adjust the ballot on the fly? Presumably because they already printed out millions of hanging-chad paper ballots to be distributed throughout ballparks in an era where two out of every three adults owns a smartphone in this country.

MLB can't simply add Colabello to the online ballot?

"Well no, that's not the way we've always done it..."

We have apps on our smartphones that allow us to record high-definition videos, we have apps that allow us to cash checks, we have apps that allow us to make dinner and movie reservations, and we have apps that essentially replace TVs, radios and books.

Yet, if we want to send Colabello to the All-Star Game at Target Field, we need to write his name in the old-fashioned way...

Will his .308/.351/.505 batting line hold up? In all likelihood, no, considering his .397 batting average on balls in play is higher than any hitter's 2013 BABIP. But it has held up to this point, and maybe it will continue to hold up -- at least to some degree -- as the July All-Star Game approaches.

And he at least deserves to be more than a write-in option at the bottom of an archaic system.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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