The Texas Rangers are starting to heat up and are owners of the league's longest current win streak at six games, and are now right in the thick of the AL Wild Card race — whatever that means at this point in the season.
Yet, when the first round of AL all-star balloting was released on Tuesday afternoon, there was only one Ranger to be found and he was nowhere close to winning the fan vote at his respective position.
It's not a surprise that Ranger was third baseman Adrian Beltre, who is currently sitting in fifth place among AL third baseman behind Mike Moustakas, Josh Donaldson, Pablo Sandoval and Manny Machado. Beltre currently has just 205,836 votes — more than a million behind Moustakas, the leading vote-getter.
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What's a huge surprise is the fact that Prince Fielder is nowhere to be found in the top five at first base or designated hitter, despite the fact he leads baseball in hits and multi-hit games.
Just to be clear, it needs to be remembered that the fan voting only elects the game's starters, while the players and the respective coaching staffs also have an input on the other participants in the game. Fielder will make the all-star team, and Beltre probably will too. That could be it, but the Rangers will take that.