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Are the Kansas City Royals really filled with All-Stars?

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When the stars come out, the constellation they will make will probably resemble…Kansas City?

Forget, for a moment, that going into Monday night’s game, the Tampa Bay Rays have actually won more games than the Royals. Yet, if you look at the leaders for the American League all-stars, what you’re going to see is a whole lot of Kansas City.

Currently, the Royals lead the voting in eight different positions, including second baseman Omar Infante, who is hitting a robust .204. In fact, the only non-Royal who is leading the voting is Angels’ star Mike Trout.

Except for that, it’s Royalty everywhere you look. Catcher Salvadore Perez. First baseman Eric Hosmer. Shortstop Alcides Escobar. Third baseman Mike Moustakes. Outfielders Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Davis. Designated hitter Kendrys Morales.

It might be funny elsewhere. But the Rays don’t have a player in the top five at any position or in the top 15 in outfielders.

The Rays have won 35 games to Kansas City’s 34, but admittedly the Royals do have a better winning percentage.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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