The AL voting has come under fire this month due to the extraordinarily high number of fan votes cast for their Royals. Last week’s voting update had the Royals leading all but one position, prompting Major League Baseball to cancel more than 60 million votes out of a fear of improper voting.
The criticism of the voting also prompted Royals manager Ned Yost to say he would not apologize for the Royals leading their positions.
Fans are allowed to vote up to 35 times for All-Stars. Entering Monday, the Royals led the AL Central with a 39–27 record.
Cabrera, the Detroit Tigers’ first baseman, passed the Royals’ Eric Hosmer and now holds a lead of 1,328,404 votes. Trout passed Royals centerfielder Lorenzo Cain in the outfielders voting and now leads him by 68,996 votes.
Other close votes include Royals second baseman Omar Infante over the Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas over the Toronto Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson and Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales over the Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez once again leads all AL players with 10,199,151 votes.
The next voting update for the National League will be released on Tuesday. The final voting update will be released next Monday.
- Mike Fiammetta