The latest vote totals for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game have been released, and on the American League side, there's plenty of note. The Baltimore Orioles in particular are impressing. They lead in three of the AL categories and rank second in two others. Right fielder Nick Markakis moved up to third in the AL outfield voting in the latest release from MLB.
He's got plenty of others to fend off for the position. Markakis has received 1,463,392 votes as of the latest release, and Torrii Hunter of the Detroit Tigers is right behind him with 1,425,571. The next couple players who are close are Jose Bautista (1,379,251 votes), Nelson Cruz (1,310,079 votes) and teammate Nate McLouth (1,300,158 votes).
Teammate Adam Jones has received 2,740,505 votes and Mike Trout comes in second at 2,710,115. If Jones and Markakis make it, it would be the first time in franchise history and the 17th time in MLB history that teammates in the A.L. outfield received fan-elected starts together.
Another Orioles player, Chris Davis, holds the second-highest vote total in the AL, with 2,999,094 votes and should have the first baseman spot in hand. Only Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers has received more votes, with 3,277,890 votes. The fourth Orioles player likely in line for a starting spot is shortstop J.J. Hardy, who leads Elvis Andrus with 1,871,010 votes to 1,358,412.
Below are the updated AL vote totals as of Saturday night:
|Mike Napoli||Red Sox||744,344|
|Dustin Pedroia||Red Sox||1,635,674|
|Jose Bautista||Blue Jays||1,379,251|
|DH||David Ortiz||Red Sox||2,488,451|
|Edwin Encarnacion||Blue Jays||769,322|