Miggy, Tigers need boost in All-Star voting

Miggy, Tigers need boost in All-Star voting

The Tigers' run of five years with at least one player in the American League All-Star starting lineup is in serious jeopardy. And after the latest vote totals from the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Tigers fans are looking at the distinct possibility of watching an All-Star Game with an AL starting lineup made almost entirely of their division rivals, the Royals.

Not only did Eric Hosmer pass Miguel Cabrera in votes for the starting nod at first base over the past week, he built a sizable lead. Cabrera now trails Hosmer by about 618,000 votes after holding a 70,000-vote lead a week ago.

With that, the Royals now hold the vote lead in seven of nine starting positions, and the Tigers hold none. Jose Iglesias stands second in voting at shortstop, but trails Alcides Escobar by more than 2.1 million votes. Yoenis Cespedes ranks seventh among AL outfielders, where the top three get spots. Cespedes trails third-place Alex Gordon by about 1.96 million votes.

While there's clearly a tidal wave of Royals votes coming in, Cabrera's support has also slowed. His 2,933,108 votes reflect a gain of about 810,000 votes from last week's update. By comparison, he gained just under a million votes from the first balloting update two weeks ago to last week. Hosmer's support, by comparison, swelled from 2,053,237 votes last week to 3,551,005 votes as of Monday.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.

Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.

Following the announcement of the 2015 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of All-Star Week festivities.

The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.