Hosmer overtakes Cabrera for All-Star vote lead at first base

The tidal wave of All-Star votes from Royals fans not only swept Eric Hosmer past Miguel Cabrera for the lead among AL first basemen this week, it built Hosmer a cushion. Cabrera now trails Hosmer by about 618,000 votes after holding a 70,000-vote lead a week ago.

With that, the Royals now hold the vote lead in seven of nine starting positions, and the Tigers hold none. Jose Iglesias stands second in voting at shortstop, but trails Alcides Escobar by more than 2.1 million votes. Yoenis Cespedes ranks seventh among AL outfielders, where the top three get spots. Cespedes trails third-place Alex Gordon by about 1.96 million votes.

There’s clearly a surge of support among Royals fans at work coming off their American League pennant. That said, there are also signs of a drop in support for Cabrera. His 2,933,108 votes reflect a gain of about 810,000 votes from last week’s update. By comparison, he gained just under a million votes from the first balloting update two weeks ago to last week. Hosmer’s support, by comparison, swelled from 2,053,237 votes last week to 3,551,005 votes as of Monday.

Here’s how the race has unfolded over the three balloting updates:

  • May 26 (initial update): Cabrera 1,347,351 votes, Hosmer 1,101,738 votes
  • June 1: Cabrera 2,123,752, Hosmer 2,053,237
  • June 8: Hosmer 3,551,005, Cabrera 2,933,108

Unless Cabrera gets his lead back, the Tigers are likely to go without an All-Star starter for the first time since 2009. Jose Iglesias stands second in voting at shortstop, but trails Alcides Escobar by more than 2.1 million votes. Yoenis Cespedes ranks seventh among AL outfielders, where the top three get spots. Cespedes trails third-place Alex Gordon by about 1.96 million votes. Ian Kinsler has fallen to fifth among AL second basemen, where former Tiger turned Royal Omar Infante is closing in on reigning AL batting champ Jose Altuve.

5 Comments

Maybe the Tigers draft Tristan Beck

Walker Buehler ? Or the A´s take him?

2006, Dodgers picked Kershaw just after the Tigers picked Miller. They did it again,twice.

Sorry, but I think the All-Star voting is meaningless and silly.

If the Royals end up with this many starters, MLB needs to investigate. Even though Royals are doing good, something seems very suspicious.

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