The Kansas City Royals will take on the National League in the All-Star Game in Cincinnati on July 14.
Not really, but kind of.
The Royals, thanks to their overzealous fan base, hold the top voting spots for eight positions, including the designated hitter. As of now, Mike Trout is the only non-Royals player in the American League’s starting lineup.
All righty then.
Some Royals, such as Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon deserve consideration for the All-Star Game. Others, such as Omar Infante and Alex Rios, do not.
How should we – and Major League Baseball – feel about this?
“I think there’s two ways to think about it,” Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “One, you got to applaud the fans of Kansas City because they’re just doing their job. They’re supporting their team – and that’s the way the system is. We voted on that system. That’s something that (is) probably going to get changed now that this has occurred, but you got to applaud the fans.”
You’ve also got to roll your eyes at them – at least a little bit.
“Do I think that it’s right?” Plouffe asked. “No, not necessarily. Not when the game means that much when you’re talking about Game 7 of the World Series is either going to be in your stadium or somebody else’s, and it’s all decided on the All-Star Game. I think there probably needs to be a better and more efficient way of getting the best players into that game. I think if we want the fans to be as involved as they are, I think you might have to go back to where the game doesn’t mean World Series advantage because thats a pretty big deal.”
Plouffe feels that a change to the system is almost inevitable.
“I think so,” he said. “There was a lot of guys even before this year that didn’t think that was the best way to do things. When that game starts to mean something – home-field advantage – we thought there might be a better way to do things, and now this is kind of the last straw here.”
Fans are permitted to submit up to 35 All-Star ballots online, but some people may be finding ways around that rule. Voting ends July 2.
Like I said, you got to applaud the Kansas City Royals fans,” Plouffe said. “You can’t take anything away from that. But this just means too much to let something like that happen.”