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Brian Dozier didn't win the vote for second base. Thankfully, neither did Omar Infante.

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We knew that the American League's All-Star starting lineup would consist of roughly half of the Kansas City Royals squad. Yes, it's a joke, but hey - so is the game itself, kinda. The good news here is that one of the four Royals selected is not Omar Infante, which would have just made the entire thing a mockery of itself, which is at least some measure of a saving grace.

Our Twins didn't have a great deal of players who deserved to be in the running for a starting job, bar Brian Dozier. At this point the only second baseman in the league better than Dozier is Jason Kipnis, who continues to have a redonkulous season and yes that's a word. Both Kipnis and Dozier should be selected as bench players. Glen Perkins should make the team as a member of the bullpen. The only other players I could see even getting a sniff would be Trevor Plouffe (a long shot) or Torii Hunter (as a way to say thank you for a very good career).

Here is the American League starting lineup, next to the guys I selected for my team last week.

Team All-Star Pos Jesse's Team Team
Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez C Stephen Vogt Oakland Athletics
Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera 1B Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
Houston Astros Jose Altuve 2B Jason Kipnis Cleveland Indians
Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson 3B Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals Alcides Escobar SS Jose Iglesias Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon LF Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout CF Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
Kansas City Royals Lorenzo Cain RF Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays

Overall I don't mind the results of the fan vote, other than perhaps the fact that Jason Kipnis is so much better than Jose Altuve that it's not even funny.. Nelson Cruz was voted in as a designated hitter, which was something I failed to do, but he's a deserving a candidate as anyone; his 21 home runs tie him for third in the league with Trout. That's an odd factoid for two reasons: first because it's odd to see a center fielder crank 21 home runs, and second because neither of the two players in front of them on the home run leader board (Albert Pujols, 25; J.D. Martinez, 23) were voted in. Traditionally, home runs matter quite a bit for en masse fan voting.

Now that we know our starting nine, here are my top two choices for backup at each position.

Catcher: Stephen Vogt (OAK), Russell Martin (TOR)
First Base: Albert Pujoles (LAA), Mark Teixeira (NYY)
Second Base: Jason Kipnis (CLE), Brian Dozier (MIN)
Third Base: Manny Machado (BAL), Evan Longoria (TBR)
Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts (BOS), Jose Iglesias (DET)
Outfield: Kevin Kiermaier (TBR), Jose Bautista (TOR), J.D. Martinez (DET), Mookie Betts (BOS), George Springer (HOU), Torii Hunter (MIN)

Yeah, that's right. I went homer and picked Hunter as my sixth bench outfielder. Sue me.

Are there any particular players you're hoping make the team as bench options?