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ESPN seems to have unceremoniously dumped Royals from top Web Gem

Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante threws a grounder from Houston Astros' Luis Valbuena to shortstop Alcides Escobar for a forceout during a game on July 26.
Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante threws a grounder from Houston Astros' Luis Valbuena to shortstop Alcides Escobar for a forceout during a game on July 26. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

Has ESPN had enough of the Royals’ incredible defense?

Earlier this year, Alex Gordon seemed to have a lock on the vote for the “Baseball Tonight” Web Gem. Then it was Jarrod Dyson.

And then Omar Infante teaming up with Alcides Escobar for a 4-6-3 out in Cleveland on July 28.

In fact, this was Thursday’s result when the Infante-Escobar play was up against Anthony Rizzo’s catch for the Cubs:

The Royals middle infielders won in a landslide, right?

Curiously, this was the tweet the next day from “Baseball Tonight:”

See that? The tweet instructed fans:

RT for Infante & Escobar flip up-the-middle

Fav for Lindor glove flip

Yet, the words below that say it’s between Rizzo’s catch and Francisco Lindor of the Indians flipping a ball to first with his glove. This, despite the Royals’ victory.

Something is amiss. The link to the video of the plays didn’t mention anything about retiring the Royals’ play as the reigning Web Gem.

Then came this morning’s vote:

Thanks to Afiba Johnson for the heads-up.

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