Commissioner Rob Manfred said he is open to changes in the All-Star selection process but that none would be made this season in light of the fact that, as of last Monday,
“I think we’re going to have a great competitive game,” Manfred said after meeting with the
"If, after the game, we decide fan voting needs an adjustment, that will be an adjustment we'll make for next year. I'm not closed to the idea that there should be adjustments."
Manfred said there are “protections built into the system” that ensure the best players are in the game. Players, managers and coaches vote for eight pitchers and backups at each position, and the
And there is still time for fans in other cities to nudge Royals players out of the starting lineup.
"Fans have a way of correcting things by the end of the voting," Manfred said. "We have already seen markets outside of Kansas City saying, 'Gee, it ought to be my guy and not that guy from Kansas City,' and really significant increases in the number of votes. That's the sort of engagement we want."