Mariners Analysis: Find Out Where the M’s Rank in All Star Voting
May 27, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) hits the game winning 3-run home run during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Seattle Mariners defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
We have a big 6 weeks in front of us guys, it’s All Star voting season! That special time of year when you click “vote” so many times for your favorite players that your fingers start to bleed.
Major League Baseball released their first voting update on Monday to give fans an idea of who is getting votes and who is not. There are some pretty interesting snubs so far in 2015. The entire results can be found here.
The All Star game has always been a popularity contest, and it always will be as long as fans decide which position players get the call. The most passionate fan bases vote the most times, which leads to more players from those clubs being selected. As many would have expected, the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers have multiple players currently in the running. However, the Kansas City Royals’ fan base is as fervent as anybody, and they have voted the vast majority of their team All Stars thus far.
Seattle sent 4 players (Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and Fernando Rodney) to Minnesota last season to represent the Mariners at the mid-summer classic. The M’s inked Nelson Cruz this offseason to a big time free agent deal after he was named an All Star last season with the Baltimore Orioles. However, the Mariners’ fans have fallen asleep on the job this spring, as Cruz is the only Mariner anywhere close to making the All Star team in 2015.
It is important to note that fans only get the right to vote for position players. Every team needs at least 1 representative, and MLB fills out the pitching staff to meet this requirement.
Today, I will go through each position and break down the voting results. I will also discuss where the Mariners’ players rank right now. We will start behind the plate where Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals currently leads the American League.