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In 2015, the baseball world began to take notice that there may be a problem with how the MLB decides their All-Stars.

As the season approached the end of June, eight of the nine American League vote leaders for their position were from the Kansas City Royals, with Mike Trout being the only non-Royals starter to be leading for his position.  Some people laughed, some people were angry and some people got in on the voting.

By the time the last votes had been cast, the voting seemed to have leveled itself out as the starters for the American League team were:

C-  Salvador Perez-  Royals

1B- Miguel Cabrera- Tigers

2B- Jose Altuve- Astros

3B- Josh Donaldson- Blue Jays

SS- Alicedes Escobar- Royals

OF- Mike Trout- Angels

OF- Lorenzo Cain- Royals

OF- Alex Gordon- Royals

DH- Nelson Cruz- Mariners

And now it’s 2016

We take a look to see where we now stand in the 2016 All-Star voting, and the fans are at it again.  As of June 1, the Chicago Cubs fans are looking to make their team the All-Star equivalent of the 2015 Royals and send a barrage of players to the 2016 All-Star game at Petco ParkThe Cubs have five players leading at their positions.

1B- Anthony Rizzo

2B- Ben Zobrist

3B- Kris Bryant

SS- Addison Russell

OF- Dexter Fowler

With Jason Heyward just trailing at the fourth outfield spot in the voting and Jake Arrieta as the potential starting pitcher.

So now the conversation begins again in the 2016 season. Should the MLB change the system of how they determine who gets to start in the All-Star game?  One fan on Twitter last season had this response:


Eric Hosmer passes Miguel Cabrera in All-Star voting. KC fans’ next goal: Getting Royals player to start at QB in 2016 NFL Pro Bowl.