Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz only Red Sox players making noise in All-Star voting

John Tomase
June 08, 2015 - 12:30 pm

The All-Star Game doesn'€™t belong to the Red Sox anymore. Voting totals were released on Monday, and only two Red Sox rank in the top five at their positions. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz are fourth at second base and designated hitter, respectively, but neither is close to the lead. That's partly because the Red Sox have underachieved all season, but also because Royals fans have voted en masse to turn the Mid-Summer Classic into a game between the best players in the National League and Kansas City's starting nine. The Royals lead in the voting '€“ and mostly by insurmountable margins '€“ at every position except second base and Mike Trout. Houston's Jose Altuve is the leader at second, holding a slim lead of 150,000 votes on Kansas City's Omar Infante. Altuve's 2.8 million votes dwarf Pedroia's total of 726,000. The story is similar at DH, where Kansas City's Kendrys Morales holds a small lead on Mariners masher Nelson Cruz, with nearly five times as many votes as Ortiz's 690,000. The only other Red Sox player on the list is outfielder Hanley Ramirez, who ranks 11th. If the game, which will be played in Cincinnati, were held today, the starters would be Kansas City's Salvador Perez (C), Eric Hosmer (1B), Mike Moustakas (3B), Alcides Escobar (SS), Lorenzo Cain (OF), and Alex Gordon (OF), along with Morales, Altuve, and Trout.