The way things are shaping up,
With eight Royals players on track to start the midsummer showcase thanks to a voting blast by Kansas City fans, there has been talk around baseball, from TV analysts to the commissioner himself, about the deserving players that might miss out on what is supposed to be a gathering of the
The Halos have the sole non-Royal starter,
"Albert is an All-Star, whether he's selected or not; he's one of the top players in baseball," said Scioscia. "I don't know how you leave him off the team, but we've seen that selection process be sketchy at best. Albert would have fun going to the game, he belongs there, but you never know."
As of the last voting update, Pujols sits fifth among AL first baseman with 931,585 votes, less than a fifth of
It doesn’t help Pujols’ cause that it has been a banner year for first basemen thus far.
The presence of those three sluggers plus Hosmer seems likely to leave Pujols on the outside looking in. He has not made an
But despite the thoughts of his manager, Pujols says he isn't too concerned by the thought of a potential snub and is focused solely on what he can control: helping his team win.
"That's not up to me. It's up to the fans and the manager," he said. "Would it be great to be there? Of course, everyone wants to be in the All-Star game. But I can't control that. … My dad always told me, 'If you can't control the things that happen to you, then don't say anything. Don't speak.'"
But Pujols doesn't need to speak for himself. He has his teammates to do that.