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Anti-Royals fervor starting as Kansas City dominates All-Star Game balloting

Last year, the Royals’ representatives in the All-Star Game were (from left) Greg Holland, Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon.
Last year, the Royals’ representatives in the All-Star Game were (from left) Greg Holland, Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon. The Kansas City Star

Monday’s All-Star Game voting update showed the Royals are still doing well in all races.

This will infuriate people like Stephen Mast of FoxSports.com. Mast recently wrote a piece with the headline: “Get voting, people! Or it’s an all-Royal All-Star Game.”

You may be thinking there was a mistake in the headline, because it should have read: “Get voting, people! So it’s an all-Royal All-Star Game.”

Alas, no. Mast really thinks it would be bad to have all Royals hitters representing the American League in the All-Star Game.

Unfortunately for the anti-Royals crowd, the second update in the AL balloting shows five Royals still in position to start the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati this July.

In fact, first baseman Eric Hosmer is gaining on Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who as we all know watched Hosmer play in last year’s World Series.

Mast wrote his piece before Monday’s update, but it included this gem:

“That AL-best record has propelled Royals fans to out-vote every other AL team to a ridiculous degree. As it stands today, we’re shockingly close to seeing an AL squad featuring, you guessed it, all Kansas City Royals.”

Admittedly, seeing Omar Infante (slash line: .231/.241/.327) second in balloting at second base is jarring. Ditto for Alex Rios (eight games played) and his fifth-place standing in the outfield.

This may have something to do with the All-Star balloting being completely online this year.

But it’s not Kansas City’s fault that Royals fans are able to better grasp technological change than fans in, say, Los Angeles, Boston or New York*.

*Oh yeah, there are some people unhappy in the Big Apple, where they, too, watched the Royals in the World Series last fall:

Anyway, here was Mast’s point: “Spread the word and get voting people lest we get a Royals vs. the National League All-Star Game that decides home-field advantage in the World Series.”

Well, if things turn out as they did last fall, then a Royals’ All-Star team will be playing for home-field advantage in the World Series they are a part of.

Right?

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @pgrathoff.

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