Miggy reclaims All-Star lead at 1B
Tigers slugger passes KC counterpart Hosmer as balloting races toward finish
CLEVELAND -- Once again, the Royals might have a hard time holding down Miguel Cabrera in the end.
With a week and a half to go for voting on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Cabrera has retaken the vote lead in the push for his third consecutive All-Star start. He passed Eric Hosmer for the start at first base with 9,342,149 votes, second most among all American League players.
The lead change is the second in three weeks. Hosmer surged past Cabrera in votes around the start of the month. Cabrera trailed by about 618,000 votes two weeks ago, then 476,000 votes last week. Cabrera now leads Hosmer by more than 1.3 million votes. The surge of votes over the final week, however, leaves his lead less than safe.
The Tigers have put on a voting drive for Cabrera over the last couple weeks, from a bombardment of ballpark advertising and scoreboard messages to batting practice T-shirts to email messages from teammates such as David Price. Team officials even took to the streets of downtown Cincinnati, site of next month's All-Star Game, while the Tigers were in town last week to garner support from Reds fans in a video piece for a pregame show.
"He deserves it," Price said on Monday, "and that's what you want to see. You want to see the most deserving guys not only be All-Stars, but starting. Since it is for home-field advantage in the World Series, you want to put your best nine guys out there that gives the American League the best chance."
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus got into the act as well.
"I voted last night, once," Ausmus said. "I was testing out the app to see if it worked. We were looking at the voting, and I said, 'Hey, I can vote for Miggy right here.' Is he one vote ahead of Hosmer now?"
Cabrera's teammate, Yoenis Cespedes, got a secondary boost to work his way back into the AL outfield race. He jumped Alex Rios and Adam Jones to move into fourth with 5,929,670 votes, about 1.9 million behind Alex Gordon for the third and final spot. Jose Iglesias remains second among AL shortstops, but 2.6 million votes behind Alcides Escobar.
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