Cabrera leads AL All-Star voting at 1st base
Much like on the field, Miguel Cabrera is off to a strong start at the ballot box in his quest for a third consecutive All-Star start. The reigning American League All-Star starter at first base is leading at the position again, outpacing Royals counterpart Eric Hosmer.
At this point, Cabrera is the only Tiger leading at his position. He is not the only Tiger with a race on his hands. Slick-fielding Jose Iglesias currently ranks second to Alcides Escobar among AL shortstops, while his double-play partner Ian Kinsler is third among AL second basemen behind Jose Altuve and Omar Infante. Yoenis Cespedes ranks fifth among AL outfielders, the top three of whom will receive starting nods.
Cabrera entered Tuesday night’s game at Oakland ranked second in the league in hitting with a .344 (56-for-163) average, trailing only ex-teammate Prince Fielder. Cabrera’s .446 on-base percentage leads the league, while his 1.060 OPS trails only Nelson Cruz.
If the standings hold, Cabrera would become the fourth Tiger to win three fan-elected All-Star starts, joining Lou Whitaker (1984-86), Lance Parrish (1984-86) and Pudge Rodriguez (2004, 2006, 2007).
Cabrera has the third-highest vote total among all AL players with 1,347,351 votes as of Tuesday’s update. However, Hosmer sits just about 245,000 votes behind, making it the closest race of any AL position. The Royals’ resurgence on the field reflects in the vote, with five Kansas City players currently in line for starting spots and three others in second.
That surge includes Escobar, who leads Iglesias by about 365,000 votes despite the highlight reel of defensive plays Iglesias has put up as a resume.
- Miguel Cabrera, Tigers – 1,347,351 votes
- Eric Hosmer, Royals – 1,101,738
- Mark Teixeira, Yankees – 342,788
- Jose Altuve, Astros – 1,301,754
- Omar Infante, Royals – 715,345
- Ian Kinsler, Tigers – 348,115
- Alcides Escobar, Royals – 1,191,268
- Jose Iglesias, Tigers – 826,382
- Marcus Semien, A’s – 354,954
Outfield (top 3 get starts)
- Lorenzo Cain, Royals – 1,376,217
- Mike Trout, Angels – 1,297,085
- Alex Gordon, Royals – 991,606
- Adam Jones, Orioles – 981,926
- Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers – 668,059