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The fans have just about spoken on the matter of who the Game’s biggest stars are in 2016. It’s All-Star season! With the voting just about wrapped up, here are the top vote getters.
Machado returns from a four-game suspension to a Baltimore Orioles team his .317/17/42 helped put into first place. No wonder the 23 year-old Gold Glove Third Baseman / backup SS has 1,626,064 votes.
The Mets OF has given all the push he can with 18 HR, a .292 BA and 44 RBI. Other teammates will have to pick up the pace. Fans have recognized Cespedes’ efforts to the tune of 1,759,302 votes.
Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper’s 249/15/43 is a slightly subpar first half for one of baseball’s marquee young stars, but the defending MVP has more than enough tools to bounce back. 1,824,808 voters are sure of it.
When a team is as hot as the Chicago Cubs, it’s never just about a big basher or two, This year fans are recognizing Dexter Fowler’s steady 290/7/28 excellence with 2,003,115 votes.
Win the World Series and baseball fans learn your name, even when you play for the small-market Kansas City Royals. First baseman Eric Hosmer’s 12 HR, .307 BA and 44 RBI has been good for 2,054,642 votes.
The Cubs are that good because the Cubs are that deep. Second baseman Ben Zobrist’s .298/9/41 has won him 2,057,122 votes. There’s gonna be a lot of blue on the field for the NL at this year’s All-Star Game..
Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs Third baseman. With 18 HR and 51 RBI, let’s call him ‘Bash Brother Number 2’ for the Cubs. 2,070,738 All-Star voters send their greetings.
The Red Sox aren’t just about honoring the past. There’s a future in Boston, and he plays Shortstop. Xander Bogaerts isn’t a household name yet. He won his 2,116,020 All-Star votes the old-fashioned way: 9 HR, a .345 BA and 50 RBI.
Cubs’ Bash Brother No. 1, First baseman Anthony Rizzo has won 2,202,494 All-Star votes with 17 HR, a solid .283 BA and 54 RBI. Of course, every Cub begins with a slight edge: they don’t ever have to face Jake Arrieta.
A quiet year for the Los Angeles Angels makes for a relatively quiet year for superstar OF Mike Trout. But .313/16/52 doesn’t seem very quiet, and it looks like he’s back in the base stealing business. 2,324,597 voters know they’re looking at one for the ages.
.336/18/61, leading the league in Slugging Percentage and Doubles, and he’s gonna retire? Say it ain’t so, Big Papi! 2,612,215 voters say you’ve still got it. The Boston Red Sox Nation isn’t ready to let go.
There are elite catchers, and then there’s Salvador Perez. He’s leading the league again in throwing out would-be base thieves with 20. Anchoring the defending World Champion Kansas City Royals, no wonder he’s this year’s runaway Top All-Star Vote recipient with 2,744,293 votes.