The Kansas City Royals are used to being under represented at the All-Star Game. This year appears to be no difference despite the game being held at Kaufman Stadium.
Designated hitter Billy Butler was the only Royal to make the All-Star team, but closer Jonathan Broxton has a chance to make the team in the Final Vote.
Other Royals who had All-Star resumes were shortstop Alcides Escobar and third baseman Mike Moustakas, but both have numbers just short of the cream of the crop at their respective positions.
The Royals have not had two All-Stars since 2003. Mike Sweeney and Mike MacDougal were their representatives that year, though neither appeared in the game. Royals players getting DNPs has actually become a trend of late. Kansas City has not had a player appear in the All-Star Game since 2009, as both their All-Stars the past two years — Joakim Soria in 2010 and Aaaron Crow last year — did not get out of the bullpen.
The Royals are 35-42, six games back of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central, and rank 24th in attendance. With those numbers, it’s no surprise Kansas City is underrepresented this year.
Broxton is one of just four AL closers with 20 saves, but he’ll have to beat out Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers, Ernesto Frieri of the Los Angeles Angels, Jason Hammel of the Baltimore Orioles and Jake Peavy of the White Sox.
AL All-Star Starters:
- C: Mike Napoli, Texas Rangers
- 1B: Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers
- 2B: Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
- 3B: Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
- SS: Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
- OF: Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
- OF: Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees
- OF: Jose Bautista, Toronto Bule Jays
- DH: David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
- Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
- Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles
- Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox
- Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox
- Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians
- Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
- Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals
- Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
- Mike Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels
- Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
- Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
- Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers
- Matt Harrison, Texas Rangers
- Joe Nathan, Texas Rangers
- Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
- Ryan Cook, Oakland Athletics
- Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
- CC Sabathia, New York Yankees (will not play)
- C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels
- Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels
- Jim Johnson, Baltimore Orioles
- Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
- Chris Perez, Cleveland Indians
- Fernando Rodney, Tampa Bay Rays
- David Price, Tampa Bay Rays