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The Outfielders and Designated Hitter

Jul 3, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder

Mike Trout

(27) takes batting practice before the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Outfielder – Mike Trout (Angels)

The great all-around Subway eating Trout received the second highest amount of votes in the AL with 14,090,188. At one point, voting “Royal Blue” almost had Royals outfielder Alex Rios almost overtaking Trout at one point, which would have been the worst thing for baseball. Trout is the golden boy of baseball, but could have a challenger in Carlos Correa pretty soon with the way that he is playing. Trout has limited his strikeouts this year and was selected as the AL MVP last year.

Stats from Fangraphs: .300/ 21 HR/ 45 RBI/ 9 SB.

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Outfielder – Lorenzo Cain (Royals)

The World Series MVP Cain offers an all around game but won’t hit more than 15-20 homers in a season. He has decent speed and can hit for average, and he is now a name in baseball with his play in the playoffs last year for the Royals. Are there other players who could have started over Cain? Yes, but I’m okay with this selection, he received 12,399,127 votes.

Stats from FanGraphs: .309/ 6 HR/ 36 RBI/ 15 SB.

Outfielder – Alex Gordon (Royals)

Gordon received 10,609,006 votes to become a starter in the All-Star game. This one is a head scratcher because his numbers don’t scream All-Star. I can list about ten outfielders including Adam Jones and George Springer who could have been better choices. However, he is a product of the vote “Royal Blue” movement which could lead to the change in the way votes are collected. He received 10,609,006 votes to receive this honor.

Stats from FanGraphs: .262/ 10 HR/ 33 RBI/ 1 SB.

Designated Hitter – Nelson Cruz (Mariners)

Cruz is one of the game’s greatest sluggers, even though he has slowed down recently. He is playing for a fourth-place Mariners team, which you can not say is his fault with his numbers this year. He is also a noted Astros killer, so I have to give him respect. He barely was able to beat out the Royals’ Kendrys Morales for the DH slot, which is a good choice by the fans. He received 10,632,184 votes to receive this honor.

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