With a little over 24 hours (at the time of publication) before the deadline to vote for the final roster spots on the American and National League All-Star teams, Texas Rangers’ pitcher Yu Darvish holds the lead over the four other AL candidates.
According to the team’s official website, the latest tally of votes was delivered on Wednesday, and has the Japanese sensation primed to earn a trip to Kansas City.
Second to Darvish at last count is White Sox starter Jake Peavy, who is trailed by the Orioles’ Jason Hammel, the Royals’ Jonathan Broxton and the Angels’ Ernesto Frieri.
Texas has been making a big push for Darvish of late, with Ron Washington joking this week that he might develop carpal tunnel syndrome from voting for Darvish. It was also recently announced that the team had entered into an arrangement with the Diamondbacks, wherein Arizona will encourage their fans to vote for Yu while Texas encourages their fans to vote for D-Backs’ second baseman Aaron Hill.
If Darvish does make the All-Star team, he will be just the ninth Japanese player to do so.
You can vote for Yu here. The deadline for voting is Thursday at 3 PM CT.