Salvy leads AL in fan voting for All-Star game, Hosmer not far behind

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KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 19: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with Eric Hosmer #35 and Kendrys Morales #25 in the dugout after hitting a 3-run home run during the 5th inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium on April 19, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Salvador Perez celebrates with Eric Hosmer during a game on April 19, 2016. Perez is currently leading the American League in fan voting for the MLB All-Star game. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Kansas City fans are thrilled to see the Royals back on top of the American League Central standings, but there is another list topped by the boys in blue.

Major League Baseball said on Tuesday that Salvador Perez is currently leading the American League in fan balloting for the 2016 All-Star game, with Eric Hosmer also among the top contenders.

Perez, who was the fan-elected starting AL catcher at the 2015 Midsummer Classic, has received 1,094,942 votes as of Tuesday.

Hosmer stands at 871,222, behind only behind Salvy, David Ortiz of the Red Sox (963,076) and the Angels’ Mike Trout (934,137) in total votes.

Hosmer is leading the first base position by a wide margin over Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (466,523).

Lorenzo Cain is also among the top ballots with 647,339 votes, although he trails Trout among outfielders.

Voting is taking place exclusively online at, where fans can vote for starters a maximum of 35 times (5 times per 24-hour period).

Major League Baseball said details of the American League and National League team rosters will be available in the coming weeks. Following the announcement of the rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster.  Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period.

The American League will have nine elected starters from the fan vote, while the NL team will have eight fan-elected starters.  The pitchers and reserves for both squads will be determined through a combination of player ballots choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers — Ned Yost, and Terry Collins of the Mets.