Tigers' Cabrera takes over first in All-Star voting
Cleveland – Told he had overtaken Royals Eric Hosmer as the American League's starting first baseman in the latest All-Star Game poll results, Miguel Cabrera just shrugged.
"Did I," he asked. "That's cool. But we need to get back into first place. We need to win some games."
Cabrera now has 9.3 million votes, second most in the American League, and leads Hosmer by 1.3 million. But the number that was on Cabrera's mind was 5.5 – the distance between the Tigers and first place Royals.
"I think we are going to be OK, but we need to do it," Cabrera said. "We have to stop thinking like, 'We may be OK.' Let's just go play. No talk. I'm tired of talk, like, 'We're going to be OK.' No. We need to do it."
Seven Royals still lead the voting – including second baseman Omar Infante, whose lead is less than 500,000 over the Astros' Jose Altuve.
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is second, some 2.6 million votes behind the Royals' Alcides Escobar.
And Yoenis Cespedes is fourth among outfielders, trailing the Royals' Alex Gordon by 2 million votes.
The only other Royals player in danger of losing his starting spot is third baseman Mike Moustakas. Toronto's Josh Donaldson is just 37,000 votes behind.
The Tigers beefed up the campaign for Cabrera and Iglesias the last couple of weeks.
"I voted for Miggy last night," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I was at dinner and I decided to test out the app to see if it worked. I said, 'Hey, I can vote for Miggy right here. Is he one vote ahead of Hosmer now?"
Cabrera has done his own campaigning, as well – with his bat. He leads the American League with a .346 average, .450 on-base percentage, a .593 slugging percentage and 51 RBI. He has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and reached base in 35 of the last 37.
It would be the third straight year Cabrera has been voted a starter for the American League.
Cespedes, the Home Run Derby champ the last two years, has an automatic invite to defend his title. But he said last week he wasn't sure if he would compete unless he was selected to play in the All-Star Game.
Go here to vote. Voting ends on July 2 at at 11:59 p.m.
AL VOTING LEADERS
1. Salvador Perez, Royals: 10,199,151
2. Russell Martin, Blue Jays: 4,736,279
3. Stephen Vogt, A's: 4,368,609
4. Alex Avila, Tigers: 1,587,868
5. Brian McCann, Yankees: 1,548,747
1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 9,342,149
2. Eric Hosmer, Royals: 8,013,745
3. Prince Fielder, Rangers: 2,391,736
4. Justin Smoak, Blue Jays: 1,769,661
5. Albert Pujols, Angels: 1,375,167
1. Omar Infante, Royals: 6,521,733
2. Jose Altuve, Astros: 6,086,193
3. Ian Kinsler, Tigers: 3,046,386
4. Jason Kipnis, Indians: 2,933,981
5. Devon Travis, Blue Jays: 2,157,286
1. Mike Moustakas, Royals: 9,037,844
2. Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays: 9,004,876
3. Nick Castellanos, Tigers: 1,789,921
4. Manny Machado, Orioles: 1,364,207
5. Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 1,239,508
1. Alcides Escobar, Royals: 8,739,920
2. Jose Iglesias, Tigers: 6,122,972
3. Jose Reyes, Blue Jays: 3,499,760
4. Jed Lowrie, Astros: 1,367,386
4. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox: 1,343,991
1. Mike Trout, Angels: 9,148,142
2. Lorenzo Cain, Royals: 9,079,146
3. Alex Gordon, Royals: 7,810,995
4. Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers: 5,929,670
5. Alex Rios, Royals: 5,658,024
6. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 5,299,960
7. Adam Jones, Orioles: 4,827,069
8. Michael Brantley, Indians: 2,840,820
9. J.D. Martinez, Tigers: 2,401,441
10. Josh Reddick, A's: 2,324,555
11. Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees: 2,323,786
12. Rajai Davis, Tigers: 2,121,599
13. Hanley Ramirez, Red Sox: 1,429,619
14. Torii Hunter, Twins: 1,320,494
15. Carlos Beltran, Yankees: 1,272,963
1. Kendrys Morales, Royals: 7,584,560
2. Nelson Cruz, Mariners: 7,298,451
3. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays: 3,010,436
4. Victor Martinez, Tigers: 2,195,284
5. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 1,590,342