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Baseball commissioner may be ‘open to change’ regarding All-Star Game voting

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred The Associated Press

While others are freaking out about the potential of an All-Star Game with eight Royals in the starting lineup, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred seems unconcerned.

At least for now.

On Tuesday, the commissioner was asked about the All-Star Game voting, which is all online for the first time.

“We have 16 days left,” Manfred told reporters, according to ESPN. “Lots of years we’ve worried about lots of things in respect to fan voting but in general over time fans have done a pretty good job, so we’ll see how it all turns out,” Manfred said. “What I would say is I hope over time that what people come to think about the commissioner’s office is when we have a situation such as this — this is one example — that we are responsive and open to change if in fact it appears we get a result that is not consistent with the goals of the system that is currently in place.”

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost discusses the All-Star voting and his thoughts on the game.

Open to change?

Well, Manfred didn’t elaborate on whether or not having eight Royals in the starting lineup for the All-Star Game was consistent with the goals of the system in place.

Meanwhile, there is outrage in other cities because Royals fans are more adept at using the Internet.

In Chicago, there was a call to “completely reboot the All-Star Game.”

A Detroit fan blogged that he was able to crack the code on voting multiple times for All-Star Game.

However, in Boston, one person wrote that people should stop complaining about the Royals’ showing in the voting.

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