Dr. Vargas and Salvador Perez are good representatives for the Kansas City Royals. Should they have more in Miami though?
As obvious as it is to all* that Kansas City Royals southpaw Jason Vargas deserved an All-Star nod, and as obvious as it should be to anyone with eyes that Salvador Perez is the best catcher in the American League and possibly in baseball, it still feels like the Royals are going to be underrepresented at the Midsummer Classic.
*–with the exception of Fangraphs writer Jeff Sullivan, obviously. I haven’t forgotten the May 15 episode of Effectively Wild, Jeff, and I don’t plan to anytime soon.
Of the 11 other teams with a record equal to or better than Kansas City’s 43-40 mark, only three got less representation than the Royals—Tampa Bay (Corey Dickerson), Minnesota (Miguel Sano) and Milwaukee (Corey Knebel). Milwaukee, which leads the NL Central, should make some legitimate gripes that they got one rep and the last-place team in their division (Cincinnati) got two (Zack Cozart and Joey Votto), but hopefully the gang over at Reviewing the Brew will let the rest of the world know of this injustice.
I’m here for the Kansas City Royals. I can make an argument (one good, one bad and one that maybe only I will agree with) for three other Royals to head to Miami.
Stats current as of July 5.