Balloting for next month’s MLB All Star Game continues to plug along and the latest update for the American League was released on Saturday night, with four members of the Baltimore Orioles setting themselves up for a trip to New York for the game at Citi Field. First baseman Chris Davis, shortstop J.J. Hardy, and outfielders Adam Jones and Nick Markakis could wind up in the starting lineup for the AL if voting were to end today. Third baseman Miguel Cabrera is also on pace to set a new all time record for total votes.
The Baltimore foursome is the significant observation from the latest totals, as it’s been awhile since the team has potentially sent this many starters to the game. Davis is currently leading the Major Leagues with 22 HR and has a good hold on the starting job at first base. His 2,999,094 total votes are second among all vote getters in the American League. Hardy’s 1,871,010 votes sit roughly 500,000 ahead of Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers.
Jones and Mike Trout are running away with the outfield race by a solid margin and seem virtually certain to make their way into the starting lineup on July 16th. Jones (2,740,505) and Trout (2,710,115) have become too of the most popular players in the game, so the result is hardly a surprise. Markakis, however, just recently stepped into the third outfielder spot with a surge that moved him ahead of Torii Hunter. His 1,463,392 votes place him in the thick of the closest race with Hunter, Jose Bautista, Nelson Cruz, and Nate McLouth.
Cabrera, meanwhile, is far-and-away the leading vote getter across both leagues. To this point on the season he’s hitting .354/.447/.630 with 18 HR and 69 RBI – leading the league in batting average and RBI once again after winning the Triple Crown a year ago. His 3,277,890 votes put him on a good pace to challenge Josh Hamilton’s record. Hamilton had 3,833,504 on June 11th last year and finished with 11,073,744.