Ahead of Friday’s game against Houston, the Royals players wore T-shirts that emphasized a get-out the vote campaign.
The fashion statement on this day included a large emoji of Lorenzo Cain’s face and the words “#VoteLoCain.”
Cain received a bump from the campaign, as he moved to fourth place among American League outfielders in Monday’s All-Star Game voting update. Cain has received 1,821,746 votes and trails the Angels’ Mike Trout (2,972,582), and Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. (2,184,884) and Mookie Betts (1,915,637).
Last week, Cain was in fifth place, but here’s the kicker: Only the top three outfielders are elected starters for the All-Star Game, which is on July 12 in San Diego.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez continues to lead all AL players in voting (3,754,594), well ahead of Baltimore’s Matt Wieters (1,033,217).
First baseman Eric Hosmer (2,638,022) also has a comfortable lead on Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (2,088,920).
Royals shortstop Alcides Esocobar is a distant second (1,478,645) to Boston’s Xander Bogaerts (2,825,025). No other Royals player is in the top two of voting.
Houston’s Jose Altuve (2,186,949) leads the second-base voting over Robinson Cano of the Mariners (1,276,010). Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado (2,196,732) is well ahead of Toronto’s Josh Donaldson (1,590,183).
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (3,400,200) has sewn up his race, as he has a huge cushion on second-place Edwin Encarnacion (1,31,827) of the Blue Jays.
Voting ends on June 30 at 10:59 p.m.
The All-Star teams will ben announced on July 5 on ESPN.