When the MLB All-Star Game is played in July, the American League team might simply be the roster of the Kansas City Royals, at least if the results from the fourth voting update are any indication.
MLB Communications on Twitter passed along the most recent tally, with the Royals leading the voting at every single position:
Based on these latest results, the National League will be facing the Royals and Mike Trout. And Jayson Stark of ESPN doesn't expect things to change much:
Of course, having eight Royals starting in the game, for many folks, is bordering on the absurd. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports pointed out one player in particular who probably doesn't deserve to start based on merit alone:
But the All-Star Game starters are based on fan voting, and if the fans want Omar Infante, well, they'll get him. That was the general sentiment the team's manager, Ned Yost, expressed.
"There's nothing wrong," he told Bob Nightengale of USA Today. "Vote! The votes are the votes. If you don't like it, go out there and vote. Our fans have gotten out and voted. Does seven starters surprise you? Yeah. But once you sit back and think about it, it's really not that surprising."
It's not terribly shocking the Royals have been so popular in this year's voting. The team reached the World Series a year ago and has the third-best record in baseball (34-25) behind only the St. Louis Cardinals (41-21) and Los Angeles Dodgers (37-26).
Salvador Perez leading all vote-getters is a bit more surprising, though the catcher is having a very solid season. He's tied for first among American League catchers in batting average (.285) and tied for second in home runs (10) among qualified catchers.
One thing is for certain: If the Royals return to the World Series this season, they'll have had a huge say in whether or not they hold home-field advantage, since the All-Star Game dictates which league earns that edge.