NEW YORK (AP) — Some later-voting fans aren’t on the Kansas City Royals’ All-Star bandwagon.
Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera has overtaken Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer in the latest results of All-Star fan voting, leaving seven Royals on track to start the game next month.
The leads of Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and designated hitter Kendrys Morales narrowed in numbers released Monday.
The game is July 14 at Cincinnati. Major League Baseball says the record for the most starters from one team is held by the 1939 New York Yankees with six, including Joe DiMaggio.
Cabrera, a nine-time All-Star, has 9.3 million votes and leads Hosmer by 1.38 million. A week ago, Hosmer was head by 470,000. Cabrera’s vote total of 9.3 million is second overall in the AL to Royals catcher Salvador Perez’s 10.2 million.
“I even voted once for Miggy yesterday,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “If he finishes one vote ahead of Hosmer, you guys better remember that.”
Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante, hitting .229 with 18 RBIs, extended his lead over major league batting champion Jose Altuve of Houston from 300,000 to 435,000.
“I’m surprised,” Infante said. “I have to keep playing. I know I don’t have the numbers be in the All-Star Game, but if the fans vote for me, I have to appreciate that.”
Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar also leads. The Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout moved into the outfield lead, trailed by Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon. Detroit’s Yoenis Cespedes is about 1.9 million votes behind for the third and final starting spot.
Moustakas’ edge over Toronto’s Josh Donaldson was 33,000 votes, down from 600,000 in totals announced June 15. Morales’ margin was 285,000, down from nearly 550,000.
In 1939, the Yankees’ starters were DiMaggio in center field, catcher Bill Dickey, second baseman Joe Gordon, third baseman Red Rolfe, pitcher Red Ruffing and left fielder George Selkirk.
Fans elected seven Reds to start the 1957 game in St. Louis. But concluding half the fan ballots came from Cincinnati, baseball commissioner Ford Frick added Willie Mays and Hank Aaron to the NL lineup in place of Reds outfielders Gus Bell and Wally Post.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said last week at Fenway Park that it was too early to draw conclusions.
“We’ll see how it all turns out,” he said. “We are responsive and open to change if we get a result that is not consistent with the goals of the system that is in place.”
Voting runs through July 2, and starters are likely to be announced July 5.