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Brown would be 'awesome' All-Star pick

Brown would be an 'awesome' All-Star choice

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals have flown under the All-Star Game balloting radar ever since the voting began.

No Royals player is among the top vote-getters at any position for the July 12 game at Detroit. But the roster must be filled out behind the starters.

And, in the Royals' case, why not right fielder Emil Brown?

"That would be awesome," Brown said. "From nowhere to somewhere to All-Star."

Although the ballot boxes at Kauffman Stadium closed Sunday, Royals fans can continue to vote online through mlb.com. Each team must be represented at the game and fans can show their support for players by increasing their vote totals which will be considered when the non-starters are selected.

Brown certainly will merit consideration after a surprisingly solid season. Brown, a non-roster player invited to Spring Training, pulled an upset by making the club.

After a slow start, Brown blossomed into a productive hitter and, through Sunday, had hit .341 (47-for-138) with five homers and 31 RBIs in a 37-game span.

"That would be real cool," Brown said of a possible All-Star berth. "Then I could really say I was on an All-Star team at every level I ever played at -- from high school to college to A-ball, Double-A, Triple-A and to do it here, too, that would be really something."

An All-Star berth would be especially sweet for Brown, who came into this season with just 209 games in the Major Leagues and a .200 career mark. He has been in eight different organizations and has spent most of his career in Triple-A.

Asked about Brown's All-Star chances, manager Buddy Bell said: "I don't know. It's hard to say. Brownie is an outfielder and there are a lot of guys out there with big numbers. I think he's got the credentials, the numbers to do that. (Mike) Sweeney's got the All-Star numbers although he's hurt."

Brown's overall average was .289 with eight homers and 37 RBIs. Sweeney, out with left wrist and elbow strains, wasn't that far ahead of Brown with nine homers, 37 RBIs also, and a .299 average.

"He should really be proud of the way he's played. This kid has been up and down and never really been in a situation where he could succeed," Bell said. "But Allard (Baird) and Tony (Pena) -- whoever -- decided to put him in this position and he's taken advantage of it."

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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