The 2015 MLB All-Star Game could prove to be a Royals flush.
Voters could elect a minimum of seven Kansas City Royals to the American League starting lineup in next month’s mid-season classic which will be played in Cincinnati.
Catcher Salvador Perez, first baseman Eric Hosmer, shortstop Alcides Escobar, third baseman Mike Moustakas, DH Kendrys Morales and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon have the leads at their respective positions. At this point, the only two non-Royals who would start would be Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Houston Astros second baseman and defending AL batting champion Jose Altuve who has a narrow lead over Royals second baseman Omar Infante.
It is fitting that this game is being held in Cincinnati because in 1957, fans voted seven Reds to the NL All-Star starting lineup. However, Reds fans stuffed the ballot boxes in favor of Gus Bell and Wally Post leaving Willie Mays and Hank Aaron in the cold. MLB Commissioner Ford Frick removed Bell and Post and put in Mays and Aaron and took All-Star Game balloting away from the fans for more than a decade.
This year balloting for the All-Star Game is being held exclusively online.
I supposed the virtual ballot boxes are being stuffed. On the other hand, the fact that seven Royals could get elected to start in the All-Star Game exposes the fallacy of so-called small market teams.