American League All-Star Voting Leaders


MLB has released the initial results of fan voting for this year’s American League All-Star starters. It’s no surprise to see last year’s triple crown winner, Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, leading all AL vote getters with 1,500,650 votes through June 3’s count.

There are no real outrages among this initial list of starters. For the most part, the fans have done an excellent job picking the best players at their respective positions to represent the American League.

My only gripe would be the shortstop position, where the Rangers’ Elvis Andrus currently leads with 777,555 votes. Andrus is batting .260 with three triples and 14 stolen bases through the first one-third of the season. In my opinion, there are two candidates worthy of getting the starting job, and neither of the two are Andrus.

Personally, at this point I would cast my vote for Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta. He leads the position with a .332 batting average, has six home runs and 26 RBIs, and is significantly outpacing the rest of the field in WAR. He’s also having the best start to a season in his career. The only real knock on Peralta this season – and it’s a small one – is his lack of defensive range. But he makes the plays he’s able to get to.

An equally strong case can be made for Oakland’s Jed Lowrie. If you look at traditional numbers alone, Lowrie falls short of Peralta in production. But he is actually the better of the two shortstops when you consider overall defense and sabermetric batting statistics such as overall runs created.

Of course, I’m splitting hairs. Here are the officially released voting results through June 3.

(as of June 3)

1. Joe Mauer, Twins: 863,450
2. Matt Wieters, Orioles: 715,055
3. Carlos Santana, Indians: 547,873
4. A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers: 510,434
5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox: 331,344

1. Chris Davis, Orioles: 1,176,016
2. Prince Fielder, Tigers: 1,059,300
3. Mike Napoli, Red Sox: 380,448
4. Albert Pujols, Angels: 374,538
5. Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 371,806

1. Robinson Cano, Yankees: 1,235,230
2. Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 656,827
3. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 642,419
4. Omar Infante, Tigers: 417,333
5. Brian Roberts, Orioles: 291,756

1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 1,500,165
2. Manny Machado, Orioles: 723,943
3. Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 600,271
4. Evan Longoria, Rays: 454,047
5. Kevin Youkilis, Yankees: 235,388

1. Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 727,555
2. J.J. Hardy, Orioles: 717,103
3. Jhonny Peralta, Tigers: 540,581
4. Jed Lowrie, Athletics: 523,743
5. Derek Jeter, Yankees: 380,445

1. Mike Trout, Angels: 1,190,676
2. Adam Jones, Orioles: 1,181,875
3. Torii Hunter, Tigers: 761,937
4. Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 712,320
5. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 653,475
6. Nick Markakis, Orioles: 595,698
7. Nate McLouth, Orioles: 559,751
8. Alex Gordon, Royals: 522,483
9. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 473,877
10. Josh Hamilton, Angels: 404,597
11. Austin Jackson, Tigers: 400,019
12. Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics: 395,475
13. Coco Crisp, Athletics: 392,202
14. Shane Victorino, Red Sox: 341,733
15. Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees: 337,654

1. David Ortiz, Red Sox: 1,045,283
2. Lance Berkman, Rangers: 672,547
3. Mark Reynolds, Indians: 452,708
4. Mark Trumbo, Angels: 376,574
5. Victor Martinez, Tigers: 340,967

About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

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