When the first round of balloting for the MLB All-Star Game's starters was released last week, it was a bit shocking to see that Texas Rangers first baseman/designated hitter Prince Fielder was nowhere to be found.
But it's funny what happens when you keep up your torrential pace and are still the best hitter in baseball, and Fielder was a perfect example of that as just in a week's time he's climbed from not in the top five vote getters at first base to third behind Miguel Cabrera and Eric Hosmer.
Fielder is currently sitting at 580,739 votes, good enough for third place among American League first basemen, but he's still well behind Cabrera (2.12 million) and Hosmer (2.05 million).
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Keep in mind, the balloting is just to determine the game's starters and it's simply a popularity contest. Cabrera isn't going to lose many of those, but if he does it'd make sense it's to a young guy playing for the defending AL champion Royals.
Fielder will be on the AL roster in the All-Star Game, and he very well could be the only Ranger making the trip after players select the rest of the roster and AL manager Ned Yost selects the pitching staff.