As of Monday's update of fan voting, which ends July 2, the
What in the name of
"Their fans are out there voting; you can't take that away from them," Trout, the three-time All-Star who has a firm hold on the second spot among AL outfielders, said of Royals fans. "They have a right to vote."
True, but with home-field advantage for the
"I think the league is going to have to take a look at it," Angels closer and probable All-Star
"They're winning games and bringing a lot of excitement to Kansas City. That's reflective of why they're getting the votes they're getting. But it doesn't change the fact that, in some cases, there are guys more deserving to be the starter."
The Royals have gotten a huge boost from their 2014 run to the World Series, where they lost in Game 7 to the
"There is no way they have that kind of lead just from people in Kansas City," Street said. "They have to be getting votes from somewhere else around the country. They've made a pretty serious impression, which is worth considering.
"What they're doing proves winning as a team, with the type of energy they played with in the postseason, matters. They play with a lot of passion and heart. You respect their ability to take an organization and a group of guys and change the dynamic, change the way the whole country sees them."
That might explain why Royals catcher Salvador Perez, shortstop
But Infante, who leads at second base despite a .204 average, no home runs, 17 runs batted in and a major league-low .496 OPS, is a real head-scratcher.
More worthy candidates include Cabrera (.341, 14 home runs, 45 RBIs), Fielder (.342, 10 home runs, 44 RBIs) and Pujols (.276, 18 home runs, 34 RBIs) at first, Minnesota's Brian Dozier (.265, 13 home runs, 31 RBIs) and Altuve (.290, five home runs, 27 RBIs) at second, Donaldson (.315, 17 home runs, 45 RBIs) at third and Cruz (.323, 18 home runs, 40 RBIs) at DH.
"I don't think fans should be exclusively in charge of the starting position players," Street said. "But I don't think the players should be in charge exclusively."
Fans vote for position starters. Players, managers and coaches vote for eight pitchers and a backup at each position. AL Manager
The winner of the All-Star game earns World Series home-field advantage for its league.
"The equation to pick the team that's going to go out and win a game with that kind of meaning should be balanced," Angels Manager
Even if his star center fielder is surrounded by as many as eight Royals in the starting lineup?