MLB cancels 60 million-plus All-Star votes due to concerns about impropriety

June 19, 2015 - 5:45 am
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Faced with the threat of having eight Royals players in the starting lineup for next month's All-Star Game, MLB announced Thursday that up to 65 million ballots were canceled due to concerns of impropriety. MLB Advanced Media CEO Bob Bowman told Yahoo! Sports that more than 300 million votes have been accepted, and the record of 390 million should soon be passed. Voting ends July 2. Each fan is allowed to vote up to 35 times, but there have been cases of multiple voting accounts linked to the same IP address. Bowman said this is not the first year MLB has had to eliminate a large number of votes. "I'm not saying we bat 1.000," Bowman said. "But it's between 60 [million] and 65 million votes that have been canceled. We don't really trumpet it because if someone things they're getting away with it, they'll try to again." Royals fans have been stuffing the ballot box, putting even light-hitting second baseman Omar Infante in the lead at his position. Angels star Mike Trout was the only non-Royal in line to start. "We scrubbed the first set[s] of numbers incredibly thoroughly," Bowman said. "We said, 'Can this possibly be right? Look at all these votes for Kansas City.' It just didn't turn out that way."

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