No controversy this year. So far.
The first All-Star Game voting update was released Tuesday and three Royals players are among the leaders: Catcher Salvador Perez, first baseman Eric Hosmer and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.
A year ago, the Royals had eight players lead the All-Star voting at one point, which led to outrage from fans of other teams and some other players.
This year, it’s only three potential starters for the Royals, but four other players are in second place in the voting. Here is the breakdown:
Perez has received 1,094,942 votes, well ahead of second-place Brian McCann of the Yankees (319,679). Perez’s vote total is the highest for any American League player.
Hosmer, who is hitting .323 with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs, is the leader at first base with 871,222 votes. Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera is second (466,523). Hosmer has never made an All-Star Game.
The Angels’ Mike Trout leads all outfielders in voting (934,147), followed by Cain (647,339) and Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo (641,594). The top three vote-getters start the game. The Royals’ Alex Gordon (540,309) is sixth and Paulo Orlando is eighth (385,997).
The closest race is at shortstop where Boston’s Xander Bogaerts (598,847 votes) is slightly ahead of the Royals’ Alcides Escobar (593,218). Houston’s Jose Altuve (624,218) is the leader at second base, while the Royals’ Omar Infante is second (473,205).
Baltimore’s Manny Machado leads the voting at third base (630,208), with the Royals’ Mike Moustakas in second (566,278).
David Ortiz of the Red Sox is the leading vote-getter among designated hitters (963,076). The Royals’ Kendrys Morales is second (496,941).
National League voting leaders will be announced on Wednesday. Voting ends on June 30 at 10:59 p.m.
The All-Star Game is July 12 in San Diego.