Royals could have large contingency at MLB All-Star game
Making the World Series seems to have its perks, as the Kansas City Royals are sating themselves on success this season after ending a prolonged playoff drought in 2014.
Taking the American League crown and coming one game short of a World Series title looks to have sparked the “Boys in Blue” to bigger and better things in 2015. Kansas City (44-30) currently holds the second best record in the AL and the third best record overall.
Playoff heroes like Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas seem to finally be fitting into the roles they were expected to fill and while the team has seen regression in other areas, its feisty spirit cannot by quelled.
The Royals’ resurgence hasn’t gone unnoticed, either, as five KC players are on track to be starters in the MLB All-Star game, while three more are sitting in second in the current All-Star voting. At one point this summer, Kansas City players held the top spot at eight of the nine positions.
No longer the laughingstock of the MLB, the Kansas City players and fans alike are making their voices heard and won’t be ignored any more. While a Royals vs. the NL All-Star Game is now unlikely, surely another Blue October would be a fitting consolation prize.
Current MLB voting for the All-Star game as of Monday, June 29 is listed below. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on July 2 and the All-Star game will be played in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 14.
AL All-Star voting
1. Miguel Cabrera (Tigers)- 11,594,518
2. Eric Hosmer (Royals)- 9,150,908
3. Prince Fielder (Rangers)- 2,716,049
4. Justin Smoak (Blue Jays)- 2,463,708
5. Albert Pujols (Angels)- 1,892,027
1. Omar Infante (Royals)- 7,514,642
2. Jose Altuve (Astros)- 7,282,934
3. Jason Kipnis (Indians)- 3,841,898
4. Ian Kinsler (Tigers)- 3,522,753
5. Devon Travis (Blue Jays)- 2,910,668
1. Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays)- 11,738,206
2. Mike Moustakas (Royals)- 10,372,868
3. Nick Castellanos (Tigers)- 2,076,933
4. Manny Machado (Orioles)- 1,938,478
5. Adrian Beltre (Rangers)- 1,416,216
1. Alcides Escobar (Royals)- 10,057,381
2. Jose Iglesias (Tigers)- 7,395,163
3. Jose Reyes (Blue Jays)- 4,800,710
4. Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox)- 1,819,295
5. Jed Lowrie (Astros)- 1,646,430
1. Nelson Cruz (Mariners)- 8,891,784
2. Kendrys Morales (Royals)- 8,686,879
3. Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays)- 4,261,040
4. Victor Martinez (Tigers)- 2,632,722
5. Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)- 1,984,514
1. Salvador Perez (Royals)- 11,666,785
2. Russell Martin (Blue Jays)- 6,405,822
3. Stephen Vogt (Athletics)- 5,445,813
4. Brian McCann (Yankees)- 1,932,563
5. Alex Avila (Tigers)- 1,857,585
1. Mike Trout (Angels)- 11,461,212
2. Lorenzo Cain (Royals)- 10,418,343
3. Alex Gordon (Royals)- 8,934,052
4. Yoenis Cespedes (Tigers)- 7,532,254
5. Jose Bautista (Blue Jays)- 7,401,632
6. Alex Rios (Royals)- 6,445,677
7. Adam Jones (Orioles)- 5,626,318
8. Michael Brantley (Indians)- 3,211,743
9. J.D. Martinez (Tigers)- 3,145,200
10. Jacoby Ellsbury (Yankees)- 2,690,291