No Royals players are currently in the top five among infielders or catchers or among the top 15 outfielders in the voting for the American League's starting lineup.
One of the most productive Royals of late has been third baseman Mark Teahen, who has hit .316 (25-for-79) in his last 23 games. There's a slight detour, though, for voters. You have to go to second base to find him on the ballot because that's the position at which he opened the season.
In addition, catcher Miguel Olivo deserves notice after belting five home runs in his last 11 games. His 10 homers tie him with Mike Jacobs for the club high. Olivo also has earned praise for his defensive work and, as of Sunday, was the AL's second-ranking catcher in ERA. He also caught all six of the team's shutouts.
Second baseman Alberto Callaspo leads the club's regulars in batting average at .305 and on-base percentage at .395. He has 18 doubles and a surprising four homers. But he'll have to garner votes through write-in ballots because his name is not on the ballot.
Balloting already has ended at Kauffman Stadium so Royals fans will have to go the online route now to be counted.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until July 2 at 10:59 p.m. CT.
Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on July 5. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote at MLB.com.
And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint MVP Vote at MLB.com.
The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less