Last week Yonder Alonso of the A’s led the AL All-Star voting at first base. This week he’s been passed up by Eric Hosmer of the red-hot Royals, 936,734 votes to 887,645. If Hosmer holds on it will be his second straight selection by the fans at first base.
Elsewhere, Salvador Perez of the Royals leads at catcher, Jose Altuve of the Astros leads things at second base, his teammate Carlos Correa tops shortstops, Miguel Sano of the Twins commands the top spot at the hot corder (1,302,090); and Nelson Cruz of the Mariners leads all others at DH. In the outfield, it’s Aaron Judge of the Yankees, who remains the top overall vote getter then Mike Trout of the Angels and George Springer of the Astros.
Here are all the vote totals:
Last night in the top of the eighth inning of the Dodgers-Cubs game, Curtis Granderson struck out. Or, at the very least, he should’ve. After the game, the umpire who said he didn’t admitted he screwed up.
While trying to squelch a Dodgers comeback, Wade Davis got Granderson into a 2-2 count. Davis threw his pitch, Granderson whiffed on it, it hit the dirt, and Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out. End of the inning, right? Wrong: Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, Wolf, after conferring with the other umps agreed, and Granderson lived to see another pitch.
Before he’d see that pitch, Joe Maddon came out to argue the call and got so agitated about it all he was ejected for the second time in this series. He was right to argue:
It all ended up not mattering, of course, because Granderson struck out eventually anyway.
Normally such things end there, but after the game a reporter got to Wolf and Wolf did something umpires don’t often do: he admitted he blew the call:
It’s good that the bad call ended up not affecting anything. But the part of me who likes to stir up crap and watch chaos rule in baseball really kinda wishes that Granderson had hit a series-clinching homer right after that. At least as long as it didn’t result in Cubs fans burning Chicago to the ground.