65M votes canceled: All-Star Votes Canceled
Published: June 19, 2015
65M votes canceled: All-Star Votes Canceled, “I’m not saying we bat 1.000,” Bowman said. “But it’s between 60 and 65 million votes that have been canceled. We don’t really trumpet it because if someone thinks they’re getting away with it, they’ll try to again.”
More than 300 million votes have been accepted, MLB says, and the record of 390 million should be surpassed this week. It’s likely that a half-billion votes will be cast by the time balloting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 2, according to Yahoo! Sports.
The issue has come to a head after Royals fans stuffed the virtual ballot box to the point where eight of the starting nine for the American League would be from the Kansas City squad, including second baseman Omar Infante – the majors’ worst hitter by most standards. The Angels’ Mike Trout is the lone non-Royal so far.
“I have to be happy,” Infante said, according to Yahoo! Sports. “The fans vote for me. I’m happy about that. I can’t control that. I’m happy because if I’m there, the opportunity to go to the All-Star Game is great.”
MLB noticed the improbable surge of Royals-centric votes the initial week of balloting and could hardly believe it, Yahoo! Sports reported.
“We scrubbed these 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.”
Royals manager Ned Yost continues to encourage those unhappy with the results thus far to click away for their own team.
“Vote. Vote. Vote,” Yost said. “And not only Royals fans. Indians fans. Houston fans. Angels fans. Vote. That’s what it’s there for. Get out and vote.”
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