If baseball fans are not satisfied with the Kansas City Royals being kings of the hill when it comes to All-Star Game balloting, manager Ned Yost has a simple message: Vote.
According to the newest voting totals released Monday, eight players on the American League champion Royals are on track to start off in the July 14 game at Cincinnati in what would be a record total for one particular group.
“There is absolutely nothing incorrect,” Yost told USA Right now Sports. “Vote! The votes are the votes. If you never like it, go out there and vote. Our fans have gotten out and voted. Does seven starters surprise you? Yeah. But as soon as you sit back and believe about it, it is truly not that surprising.”
The Royals (34-25, .576) have the best record in the AL via Sunday’s games.
On Monday, Omar Infante moved ahead of the Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve in voting for the starting second baseman. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout would be the only non-Royals player to get started for the AL team if current voting totals hold. Voting runs via July two.
Trout does not seem concerned that he might turn out to be a guest member of the Royals come July 14.
“Their fans are voting,” Trout said. “I do not know. … We have no control more than the [All-Star] group. I am positive our fans are out there voting, so it does not bother me.”
The other Royals on pace to start off: Catcher Salvador Perez, 1st baseman Eric Hosmer, shortstop Alcides Escobar, third baseman Mike Moustakas and designated hitter Kendrys Morales all led their positions in voting totals via final week. Lorenzo Cain was initially amongst AL outfielders, with teammate Alex Gordon third behind Trout.
“To be sincere with you, I’ve by no means agreed with the All-Star voting,” Gordon told USA These days Sports. “I often thought that guys most deserving, and obtaining the most effective years, ought to go, specifically now that the All-Star Game decides who wins property-field advantage. But it is a recognition point now, and following getting to the Planet Series, we got well known.
“But we get seven guys beginning at the All-Star Game, they’ll alter the rule. They’ll have to. It will be like a house game. No one desires to see one particular team playing against the other All-Star team. It sort of ruins the point of an All-Star Game.”
Starters are to be announced the weekend of July four-five. Important League Baseball mentioned the record for starters from 1 group is held by the 1939 New York Yankees with six: catcher Bill Dickey, center fielder Joe DiMaggio, second baseman Joe Gordon, third baseman Red Rolfe, pitcher Red Ruffing and left fielder George Selkirk.
Fans elected seven Reds to start out the 1957 game in St. Louis, but right after concluding that half the fan ballots came from Cincinnati, baseball commissioner Ford Frick added Willie Mays and Hank Aaron to the NL lineup in location of Reds outfielders Gus Bell and Wally Post.
The lengthy-struggling Royals ended a 28-year playoff drought last season and advanced all the way to the Globe Series, where they lost to San Francisco in seven games.