All-Star voting update: Cabrera widens lead, Kinsler and V-Mart fall further behind
While the gap increased for Miguel Cabrera on his way to his second consecutive All-Star voting victory, the gap also opened on Ian Kinsler behind Robinson Cano at second base, as well as Victor Martinez behind Nelson Cruz and David Ortiz at designated hitter.
All three races headed into the final days of All-Star balloting online at MLB.com. Balloting ends Thursday evening at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Cabrera, looking to become just the fifth Tiger ever to be voted into the All-Star lineup multiple times, now has about 1.5 million votes more than his closest competitor at first base, White Sox rookie slugger Jose Abreu. Ivan Rodriguez was the most recent Tiger elected multiple times, voted as the starting catcher three times in a four-year span from 2004 to 2007. Lance Parrish and Lou Whitaker were both voted in three years in a row from 1984-86, while Bill Freehan was voted the starting catcher in 1970 and 1972.
Kinsler’s gap widened from nearly 670,000 last week to more than 871,000 votes now, despite a solid road trip in Texas that included a go-ahead home run with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday against the Astros.
Martinez sits just 120,000 votes behind Ortiz in balloting at DH, but both are about a million votes behind Cruz. At this point, the more realistic race could be which of the two earns a spot on the AL All-Star reserves. Martinez entered this week batting .323, 80 points above Ortiz, with an OPS advantage of 137 points.