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All-Star voting is robbing Jason Kipnis blind

Okay, so this isn't much of a surprise...

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The early voting results for the American League All-Star Game have arrived, and they make it pretty clear we won't be seeing any Indians elected to the starting lineup, not even the one who has very clearly been the best player at his position so far.

Here are the leaders as of this week:

First base
1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, 1,347,351
2. Eric Hosmer, Royals, 1,101,738
3. Mark Teixeira, Yankees, 342,788
4. Jose Abreu, White Sox, 222,288
5. Albert Pujols, Angels, 217,576

Second base
1. Jose Altuve, Astros, 1,301,754
2. Omar Infante, Royals, 715,345
3. Ian Kinsler, Tigers, 348,115
4. Devon Travis, Blue Jays, 320,572
5. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox, 320,420

Shortstop
1. Alcides Escobar, Royals, 1,191,268
2. Jose Iglesias, Tigers, 826,382
3. Marcus Semien, Athletics, 354,954
4. Jed Lowrie, Astros, 332,534
5. Jose Reyes, Blue Jays, 217,417

Third base
1. Mike Moustakas, Royals, 1,261,769
2. Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays, 876,586
3. Pablo Sandoval, Red Sox, 348,787
4. Manny Machado, Orioles, 266,746
5. Adrian Beltre, Rangers, 205,836

Catcher
1. Salvador Perez, Royals, 1,447,753
2. Stephen Vogt, Athletics, 795,848
3. Russell Martin, Blue Jays, 395,192
4. Brian McCann, Yankees, 342,826
5. Caleb Joseph, Orioles, 205,568

Designated hitter
1. Nelson Cruz, Mariners, 1,225,255
2. Kendrys Morales, Royals, 918,049
3. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees, 351,567
4. David Ortiz, Red Sox, 340,606
5. Victor Martinez, Tigers, 276,232

Outfielders
1. Lorenzo Cain, Royals, 1,376,217
2. Mike Trout, Angels, 1,297,085
3. Alex Gordon, Royals, 991,606
4. Adam Jones, Orioles, 981,926
5. Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers, 668,059
6. Alex Rios, Royals, 629,119
7. Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees, 546,188
8. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, 499,673
9. Michael Brantley, Indians, 484,548
10. Hanley Ramirez, Red Sox, 478,070
11. Josh Reddick, Athletics, 331,846
12. Brett Gardner, Yankees, 303,171
13. Carlos Beltran, Yankees, 288,674
14. J.D. Martinez, Tigers, 245,736
15. Mookie Betts, Red Sox, 241,279

(We're living in a world in which 9 of the top 18 vote-getters are Kansas City Royals, including the top two. My human brain lacks the capacity for making sense of such a thing.)

For the most part, I don't think there's much room to argue with the absence of all but one member of the Tribe. I would probably have Brantley a little higher than #9, but I wouldn't have him starting, and none of the other Indians position players probably belong in the top five at their position.

...Oh, except for Jason Kipnis, he belongs in the top five at his position. In fact, he belongs in the top five for all positions combined, arguably even at the very top of all American League players. Certainly he's been the best second baseman in the league so far.

Jose Altuve: 212 PA, .299/.346/.428, 111 wRC+, 1.3 WAR
Omar Infante: 153 PA, .238/.248/.340, 57 wRC+, 0.0 WAR
Ian Kinsler: 210 PA, .280/.352/.366, 102 wRC+, 1.6 WAR 
Devon Travis: 146 PA, .271/.336/.504, 132 wRC+, 1.4 WAR
Dustin Pedroia: 209 PA, .290/.361/.448, 124 wRC+, 1.3 WAR

Jason Kipnis: 218 PA, .342/.412/.537, 168 wRC+, 3.0 WAR

Omar Infante having more than twice as many votes as Jason Kipnis is an argument against democracy.