Royals lead the way in the first round of American League All-Star balloting

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The first round of All-Star balloting is in. If you want to know how much winning stokes fan enthusiasm, just look at how many Royals are leading the way:

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I guess my not-so-stealth A-Rod publicity machine is not doing a great job drumming up votes for him, huh?

Anyway, the lesson here, as always: democracy is dumb. But don’t get too worked up over All-Star balloting. For one thing, the same people voting here are the ones who think Sandy Koufax is a top-four living player. Also, keep in mind that the “winner” of the All-Star vote loses four days of much-needed vacation in the middle of the season in exchange for a trip to . . . Cincinnati.

So campaign carefully. Your favorite player may really not want to win all that badly.