MLB announces All-Star players; Mike Moustakas named 'Final Vote' winner

MLB announces All-Star players; Mike Moustakas named 'Final Vote' winner
Posted at 1:23 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 18:24:43-04

UPDATE: 5:21 p.m. July 6, 2017

Moose is in! Mike Moustakas, Royals third baseman, will take part in the All Star Game. He was named ASG Final Vote winner along with Justin Turner from the Dodgers. 




It was 6 p.m., Sunday, July 2.

Major League Baseball was announcing the much anticipated players they say won the All Star Game votes. They were also tweeting the results one by one.

For Royals fans, it was a hold-your-breath moment. Their beloved Salvy was most likely in, but what about Hosmer? And the others?

There'd been a full court press over the last few days of voting since it seemed all of Canada was determined to vote in their Toronto Blue Jays guy for first baseman over Kansas City's Eric Hosmer.

What was his name again? Oh yeah, Justin Smoak. (Pronounced smoke)

At 6:01 p.m., MLB announces their first entry onto the All-Star roster, the American League's big guy, Aaron Judge.



Then, at 6:02 p.m., they announce Mike Trout. Everyone's heard of him, right?



A minute later, outfielder George Springer. 



Then a few minutes tick by. They do an interview with Aaron Judge. 

At 6:07 p.m., there it is. Salvador Perez had been voted in as the starting American League All Star Catcher. 



Kansas City smiles as big as ol' Sal. 

It's Salvy's fifth time as an All Star, his fourth as a starter. 

Okay, onto the next.

At 6:08 p.m., the announcement comes. The American League first baseman will be... JUSTIN SMOAK!



(Insert side-eyed, suspicous emoji here. That, or the orange-faced mad emoji.)

Even though Hosmer led the vote earlier in the week by 70-some thousand votes, and even though Kansas City fans had been reminded to vote, vote, vote, Blue Jays fans had outvoted Kansas City fans. 

It's a tough pill to swallow. Feels a little like a baseball, actually.

Mad KC fans shut off their TVs, or closed their smartphones. I imagine at least one phone was thrown into a mound of dirty laundry.

It's entirely possible there are some who think the whole thing is rigged. And others who immediately jump to "it doesn't matter anyway," since the All Star game no longer determines home field advantage for the World Series. 

As the disappointment sinks in, Major League Baseball continues with its announcements.

Altuve. Royals fans know him.


Correa. Yep, know him, too. Kansas City fans learned a lot about the Astros during postseason 2015. (Ahhh, the memories.)



The announcements continue.

At 6:41 Royals' Jason Vargas is announced as one of twelve AL All Star pitchers.

That's two Royals. Two Royals are officially All Stars. 

As the list comes to a close, there's a glimmer of hope about another Royals player making the roster.

MLB allows for what they call a "final vote".

They pick five players for the American League and five players for the National League. Everyone has until 3 p.m. Thursday to vote one more onto each team.

Yes, another voting period. Another five days of fans obsessing about their guy being an All Star. 

The final five for the American League are:

  • Elvis Andrus with the Rangers
  • Xander Bogaerts with the Boston Red Sox. 
  • Didi Gregorius shortstop for the New York Yankees.
  • Logan Morrison who plays first base for the Tampa Bay Rays. 
  • Mike Moustakas. the third baseman for the Kansas City Royals.

Moustakas is perhaps best known for his lean and fall over the third base dugout fence in postseason of 2014 to catch a foul ball. It was the sixth inning of game three of the American League Championship Series. It was a Tuesday night. But, I digress.   


Voting for this final vote is unlimited. You can vote at as many times as you'd like to submit a vote.

(There are 1,440 minutes in a day, just in case you were wondering.)

On Thursday only, you can also vote on Twitter as many times as you'd like by using the hashtag #VoteMoose in a tweet.

This counts between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. CST.  

Each tweet with the hashtag counts for one vote. And for those of you tweet-savvy fans who think you can load up one tweet with twelve #VoteMoose hashtags, no luck. It will still be just one vote. One major note about hashtag voting, retweets count.

You can also text your votes, but this is limited to 35 text votes per phone number.  To vote for Mike Moustakas this way, simply text "A5" to 89269. (A5 because he is the fifth player on that particular ballot).

As voting gets underway to help Moustakas make it on the All Star roster for 2017, I imagine a collective roar from fans all over this four-state region, and maybe stretching even further into the edges of the Midwest.



It's a simple sound. One non-Royals fans might not be able to decipher without closer examination.

It's one word, and it's packed with power.

One word. Say it with me...