Everyone just calm down, Royals aren’t getting screwed out of All-Star votes

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I feel it necessary to clarify the potentially misleading headlines you’ve been reading. When MLB says they’ve cancelled more than 60 million all-star votes, that means they’ve been doing it throughout the process and that’s just what the running total is at. They didn’t just cancel 60 million votes yesterday, and the totals you’ve been seeing have been the official totals with none of the cancelled votes ever being published at any time.

Also, for those who are too lazy to read anything more than a headline before jumping to conclusions, MLB has stated that the roughly 20% of votes that have been cancelled is typical compared to years past. So no, this isn’t some sort of unusual behavior for baseball fans. It just so happens that it’s Royals fans whose votes are being thrown out – and counted legitimately – this year.

So in other words, if MLB didn’t closely monitor illegitimate voting, the Royals’ players would probably have even bigger leads. But as it stands – barring any undiscovered hacking – the vote totals you’ve been seeing have been legitimate and will not be taken away.

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  1. […] Last week, Miguel Cabrera passed Eris Hosmer at first base, joining Mike Trout as the only non-Royals leading the fan voting. Seven is still an insane number. It hasn’t happened since the 1957 when the Reds had seven voted in, but MLB Commissioner Ford Frick stepped in and after an investigation claimed voting fraud on behalf of Reds fans, where half the votes came from Cincinnati, and took away two starters, Gus Bell and Wally Post, replacing them with legends Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. Bell remained in the game as a reserve and Post missed the game with an injury. The five starters the Reds sent is still tied for the most for position players, tied with the Yankees in the very first game in 1933 (Yankees also had the starting pitcher in that game, so had six ‘starters’). MLB announced two weeks ago that it cancelled as many as 65 million All-Star ballots. But don’t worry Royals fans, its not a conspiracy to take our votes away. […]

  2. […] Last week, Miguel Cabrera passed Eris Hosmer at first base, joining Mike Trout as the only non-Royals leading the fan voting. Seven is still an insane number. It hasn’t happened since the 1957 when the Reds had seven voted in, but MLB Commissioner Ford Frick stepped in and after an investigation claimed voting fraud on behalf of Reds fans, where half the votes came from Cincinnati, and took away two starters, Gus Bell and Wally Post, replacing them with legends Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. Bell remained in the game as a reserve and Post missed the game with an injury. The five starters the Reds sent is still tied for the most for position players, tied with the Yankees in the very first game in 1933 (Yankees also had the starting pitcher in that game, so had six ‘starters’). MLB announced two weeks ago that it cancelled as many as 65 million All-Star ballots. But don’t worry Royals fans, its not a conspiracy to take our votes away. […]

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