MLB released the penultimate update to the 2014 American League All-Star voting on Sunday night. The results saw the same pair of Orioles sitting atop their categories as have been leading for the last several weeks. Nelson Cruz is atop the voting for designated hitter, with the injured Matt Wieters leading the vote for catcher.
With 2,457,349 votes in his favor, Cruz holds a seemingly-comfortable lead of about 800,000 votes over his closest competition, the vandal David Ortiz. In his category, Wieters has received 1,852,770 votes, giving him a lead of about 375,000 on Oakland's Derek Norris. Wieters won't be playing in the game regardless. An All-Star is still an All-Star.
Other Orioles are sprinkled through the leaderboard at different positions, though few, if any, stand any chance of surging ahead in the voting to seize a starting spot. The closest is Adam Jones, who has received 1,490,000 votes and sits in fifth place among the AL outfielders. However, he's only behind third place Melky Cabrera by about 185,000 votes. That sounds like a lot because it is a lot, but there is always the possibility of ballot stuffing. Jones is the kind of player who might find himself named as a reserve even if he doesn't make it as a starter.
Nick Markakis is in eighth among outfielders with 1,170,304. He has never been named to an All-Star team. It doesn't look like this is his year either.
Chris Davis is in third place among first basemen. He trails the leader, Miguel Cabrera, by about 1.5 million votes. He's got no chance, nor should he have a chance. If he was playing better, maybe he would have a chance.
Proving that the voting is either heavily influenced by prior performance, Orioles fans, or both, Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy are both in third place at their respective positions as well. Machado trails leader Josh Donaldson by about 1.25 million votes. Hardy is behind Derek Jeter in the voting by about 1.1 million votes, although he is ahead of Jeter in OPS by about 60 points.
If Cruz wins the balloting, it will be his third All-Star selection and the first one as a starter. Wieters would also be in line for his third All-Star roster and first as a starter.
Voting runs online until 11:59pm on July 3.