Harold Arauz was your selection as the #13 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Arauz’ supporters showed up in force late in the evening to push Arauz from virtually no votes to 85 votes and a 24% plurality. Andrew Knapp and Adonis Medina had a tight race all day before being eclipsed by Arauz. They totaled 65 and 61 votes respectively for 18% and 17% of the vote. Jhailyn Ortiz remained close all day and finished with 53 votes and 15%. And I recall that Mark Appel was the next highest vote recipient with 25 votes and 7%.
Now, how do we handle this. I checked the poll around 10:00PM and Knapp, Medina, Ortiz, and Appel were the top 4 in this poll with essentially the same gaps as shown above. One reader joked that “Putin likes Arauz”. I spent some time trying to figure out if this outcome was valid or if we had been hacked, or worse targeted by one of those internet groups that does this sort of thing.
First, I verified that the poll settings allowed only one vote per person. That restriction was still in effect. Then, I asked my son to check online to see if we were the victim of one of those internet plots. Not by any of the sites he visits. Then I checked to see if Polldaddy could show any voting patterns. Nada. We only have minimal features without an upgrade and an upgrade isn’t worthwhile for our site. Finally, I checked for any oddities within WordPress.
First thing I noticed was that we had an unusually large number of visitors and views today, more than we’ve been getting recently. And since I had looked at those numbers earlier in the evening, I knew that a whole lot of the new activity came between ten and midnight. Then I found that I had a large increase in activity from Panama. We average 10.5 visitors a day from Panama. Monday the number spiked to 559. I checked verified that Harold Arauz is from Panama. So, it appears to me that the poll was in fact manipulated in a way not in the spirit of the poll. But what next?
I’m going to continue as though this outcome is legitimate. To do otherwise would invite the same behavior from a solid voting block. We won’t be able to get valid polls until his name is removed, and my removing him would prevent you from voting him in where he actually belongs. At some point down the road, I’ll run a “where in the world should Harold go” poll.
If you have a better idea, please submit it in the comments section below.
Next up is your selection for the #14 prospect in the organization.
Poll to date –
- J.P. Crawford
- Jorge Alfaro
- Mickey Moniak
- Roman Quinn
- Nick Williams
- Franklyn Kilome
- Sixto Sanchez
- Rhys Hoskins
- Dylan Cozens
- “C” Randolph
- Scott Kingery
- Kevin Gowdy
- Harold Arauz