Mariners Analysis: Find Out Where the M’s Rank in All Star Voting
May 13, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) reaches base on a fielding error by the San Diego Padres during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
This may be a bit nauseating for Mariners’ fans, but Robinson Cano is not in the top 5 vote getters right now at second base. Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros is the current leader with 1,301,754 votes. Altuve won the AL Batting Title in 2014, and he is hitting .296 with 5 home runs and 25 RBI’s for the first place Astros this season.
Omar Infante of the Kansas City Royals is 2nd in votes at 715,345. Infante is hitting .245 with 0 home runs, 17 RBI’s and 0 stolen bases. Infante is not deserving of his spot here, but that has’t stopped the Royals’ fans from stuffing the ballot box.
May 13, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) throws to first base during the game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Ian Kinsler is someone Mariners’ fans are very familiar with from his days with the Texas Rangers. Now a Detroit Tiger, Kinsler ranks 3rd with 348,115 votes. Kinsler is hitting .282 this season, but his power has disappeared, as he has clubbed 0 home runs and driven in 21 runs.
The next name is embarrassing for Mariners’ fans and Robby Cano. Blue Jays’ rookie Devon Travis ranks 4th after accumulating 320,572 votes. Travis is hitting .271 with 7 home runs and 26 RBI’s in his debut season in Toronto.
Veteran dirtbag (I mean that in a good way), Dustin Pedroia, is sitting in 5th place after getting 320,420 votes. Pedroia is hitting .285 with 5 home runs and 17 RBI’s. Red Sox players typically do very well in the public vote, and I expect Pedroia to climb up this list as the All Star Game approaches.
Robinson Cano is not having an All Star season, but he is one of the more popular players in the game. I am astounded Mariners’ fans have not put him in the top 5. Robby is hitting just .257 with 1 home run and 13 RBI’s this season. If Cano is snubbed it will be the first time since 2009 he will not be present at the mid-summer classic.
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