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Royals fans’ ability to cast All-Star Game votes continues to agitate others

Ned Yost says Royals leading All-Star balloting deserve to be there

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost says that players like Salvador Perez, Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain deserve to be dominating the All-Star baseball balloting.
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Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost says that players like Salvador Perez, Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain deserve to be dominating the All-Star baseball balloting.

You’d think that baseball fans would remember that the Royals are the defending World Series champions.

On Tuesday, the first round of vote totals for the All-Star Game were released. Three Royals are currently in line to start: Three-time Gold Glove winner Eric Hosmer, ALCS MVP finalist Lorenzo Cain and three-time Gold Glove winner Salvador Perez.

That doesn’t seem too outrageous, right?

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But what seemed to really irk fans outside of KC is that four Royals were in second place: Kendrys Morales, Alcides Escobar, Mike Moustakas and Omar Infante. The latter was a particular source of angst.

CBS Sports, Fox and Yahoo Sports all wrote articles with headlines that said Royals fans were stuffing the ballot box. That was the claim a year ago when at one point eight Royals were in line to start the Midsummer Classic.

There were some people seriously upset about all of this:

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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