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Tonight, the 86th All-Star Game will be played at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. It is a time where all of the game’s best players will be together on the grand stage, with the eyes of the nation upon them. Now, instead of being an exhibition, the game counts, since the All-Star Game is being used to determine home field advantage for the World Series.
It is fitting that the Kansas City Royals, whose improbable October run last year energized their fanbase, will play an integral part in the festivities. Not only will our own Ned Yost be managing the team, but the Royals have seven players in the All-Star Game, if we include the injured Alex Gordon.
This is certainly a far cry from those days when the Royals had that token, baseball mandated representative. No longer are they at the point where players like Mark Redman, who may have been the worst All-Star selection of all time, are chosen to represent the team because there was no one else to bring along. It is, indeed, a great time to be a Royals fan.
So, in lieu of the typical Week in Review, let us instead take a look at the Kansas City Royals All-Stars. These seven players may well play a key role in determining whether or not the American League has home field advantage in the World Series, which could end up being vitally important should the Royals make a return trip to the postseason.
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