MLB All-Star Game: Early voting results show no Toronto Blue Jays
Several Royals and Red Sox in positions to start for American League
Fans of the Toronto Blue Jays have some work to do if they want to see their players starting in the Midsummer Classic.
Major League Baseball has released early fan voting results for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game and the closest any Jay is to the top spot is third baseman Josh Donaldson, third and more than 300,000 votes behind leader Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles.
Russell Martin sits fourth among catchers, Troy Tulowitzki is the third-ranked shortstop, Jose Bautista is in the fifth spot for outfielders and Edwin Encarnacion is more than a million votes behind the leader, Boston's David Ortiz, at the designated hitter spot.
The game is scheduled for July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego.
There are three members of the Kansas City Royals (Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer) and three Boston Red Sox (Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz) holding spots as starters for the American League team.
Perez has the most votes of any player in the AL with more than 1.6 million so far.
Last season, with eventual 2015 MVP Donaldson lagging behind in voting, Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry urged Jays fans to vote him into the game. Donaldson wound up getting more than 11.7 million votes — the most in the history of MLB All-Star Game fan voting.
"He was awesome," Donaldson said of Cherry last June. "Never in the world would I have asked him to do what he's done."
There's still time for fans to get behind their favourite players — voting ends on June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Below is a full list of the early results with Blue Jays in bold:
1. Salvador Perez, Royals, 1,605,922; 2. Matt Wieters, Orioles, 453,237; 3. Brian McCann, Yankees, 376,605; 4. Russell Martin, Blue Jays, 308,146; 5. Blake Swihart, Red Sox, 217,030.
1. Eric Hosmer, Royals, 1,272,557; 2. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, 734,104; 3. Chris Davis, Orioles, 459,629; 4. Hanley Ramirez, Red Sox, 420,275; 5. Jose Abreu, White Sox, 248,041.
1. Jose Altuve, Astros, 893,332; 2. Omar Infante, Royals, 622,683; 3. Robinson Cano, Mariners, 536,550; 4. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox, 509,261; 5. Ian Kinsler, Tigers, 267,337.
1. Manny Machado, Orioles, 898,715; 2. Mike Moustakas, Royals, 725,731; 3. Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays, 588,957; 4. Nick Castellanos, Tigers, 356,916; 5. Travis Shaw, Red Sox, 353,302.
1. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox, 1,040,465; 2. Alcides Escobar, Royals, 814,001; 3. Troy Tulowitzki, Blue Jays, 433,958; 4. Carlos Correa, Astros, 385,218; 5. Elvis Andrus, Rangers, 295,820.
1. Mike Trout, Angels, 1,344,578; 2. Lorenzo Cain, Royals, 944,362; 3. Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox, 937,571; 4. Mark Trumbo, Orioles, 816,276; 5. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, 734,161; 6. Mookie Betts, Red Sox, 713,669; 7. Alex Gordon, Royals, 705,514; 8. Paulo Orlando, Royals, 560,542; 9. Adam Jones, Orioles, 324,863; 10. Melky Cabrera, White Sox, 304,449. 11. Carlos Beltran, Yankees, 298,041; 12. Kevin Pillar, Blue Jays, 296,776; 13. Michael Saunders, Blue Jays, 251,338; 14. Joey Rickard, Orioles, 241,079; 15. Colby Rasmus, Astros, 240,651.
1. David Ortiz, Red Sox, 1,460,339; 2. Kendrys Morales, Royals, 650,077; 3. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays, 344,828; 4. Victor Martinez, Tigers, 343,820; 5. Nelson Cruz, Mariners, 305,573.
With files from The Canadian Press