Royals' seven leading way in All-Star voting
MINNEAPOLIS -- Make that seven Royals now leading the way at their respective positions for the All-Star Game on July 14. A reminder that fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 10:59 p.m. CT. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has overtaken Detroit's Miguel Cabrera at first base, 3,551,005 votes to 2,933,108. Hosmer would become the first Royals first baseman ever to be voted into the All-Star Game.
In addition, Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales has overtaken Seattle's Nelson Cruz, 3,269,634 votes to 3,128,121.
"It's pretty cool," manager Ned Yost said. "Our fans have stepped up in a big way for our players. They've really supported them, not only in the stands, but in the balloting, too."
Hosmer and Morales join their teammates -- catcher Salvador Perez, shortstop Alcides Escobar, third baseman Mike Moustakas, center fielder Lorenzo Cain and left fielder Alex Gordon -- as voting leaders at their positions.
The Royals would become the first team to have seven players voted to the All-Star team.
Also, second baseman Omar Infante has closed the gap on vote leader Jose Altuve of Houston. Altuve leads, 2,809,731 votes to 2,650,416.
Perez remains the AL leading vote-getter with 4,419,620 total votes, and he is followed in total votes by Cain with 4,211,472 and Moustakas with 4,046,726.
Gordon is third among outfielders with 3,393,134 votes. Teammate Alex Rios has climbed to fourth among outfielders at 2,311,122 votes.
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1. Salvador Perez, Royals: 4,419,620
2. Stephen Vogt, A's: 2,198,780
3. Russell Martin, Blue Jays: 855,798
4. Brian McCann, Yankees: 750,605
5. Caleb Joseph, Orioles: 400,802
1. Eric Hosmer, Royals: 3,551,005
2. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 2,933,108
3. Prince Fielder, Rangers: 1,088,428
4. Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 705,886
5. Albert Pujols, Angels: 587,805
1. Jose Altuve, Astros: 2,809,731
2. Omar Infante, Royals: 2,650,416
3. Jason Kipnis, Indians: 1,104,667
4. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 726,006
5. Ian Kinsler, Tigers: 702,907
1. Mike Moustakas, Royals: 4,046,726
2. Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays: 2,329,742
3. Pablo Sandoval, Red Sox: 620,193
4. Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 619,494
5. Manny Machado, Orioles: 562,311
1. Alcides Escobar, Royals: 3,928,985
2. Jose Iglesias, Tigers: 1,819,764
3. Marcus Semien, A's: 910,707
4. Jed Lowrie, Astros: 713,703
5. Jose Reyes, Blue Jays: 464,104
1. Lorenzo Cain, Royals: 4,211,472
2. Mike Trout, Angels: 3,668,577
3. Alex Gordon, Royals: 3,393,134
4. Alex Rios, Royals: 2,311,122
5. Adam Jones, Orioles: 1,995,897
6. Michael Brantley, Indians: 1,466,472
7. Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers: 1,431,447
8. Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees: 1,256,232
9. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 1,175,483
10. Josh Reddick, A's: 1,010,239
11. Hanley Ramirez, Red Sox: 857,182
12. Carlos Beltran, Yankees: 707,986
13. Torii Hunter, Twins: 672,479
14. Brett Gardner, Yankees: 602,804
15. J.D. Martinez, Tigers: 489,645
1. Kendrys Morales, Royals: 3,269,634
1. Nelson Cruz, Mariners: 3,128,121
3. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 788,538
4. David Ortiz, Red Sox: 690,977
5. Victor Martinez, Tigers: 504,983