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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