KANSAS CITY -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez, the reigning World Series Most Valuable Player, is the leading vote-getter in the American League for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.
Perez was the fan-elected starting catcher for the AL at the 2015 All-Star Game. He has received 1,094,942 votes this season. Recovering from a quad contusion, Perez is batting .277 and leads AL catchers with 46 hits and 11 doubles, and he is tied for first with seven home runs and 25 RBIs.
Perez has thrown out 12 of 24 runners attempting to steal.
Eric Hosmer leads the AL first baseman race with 871,222 votes. Hosmer is hitting .323 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs.
Center fielder Lorenzo Cain has 647,339 votes, trailing just Mike Trout of the Angels (934,137) in the AL outfield, which puts him in line for one of the three starting spots. Cain is hitting .346 this month with five homers and 21 RBIs.
Perez's vote total wasn't surprising to Cain.
"That's to be expected," Cain said. "He's No. 1 in everything. Happy for him."
Cain enjoys Royals fans frantic approach to voting.
"It's huge," Cain said. "They're coming out here each and every night supporting us. Couldn't ask for a better crowd. And they also [show] it on the vote side as well. It's a process in which they've taken full advantage of and we definitely enjoy it to the fullest."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 30, at 10:59 p.m. CT. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 times.
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, with a maximum of up to five messages and no purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.
Following the announcement of the 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard 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 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
The 87th All-Star Game, in San Diego, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.