KANSAS CITY— While Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas missed his fourth straight game Thursday, the results of the #VoteMoose campaign to send Moustakas to the Esurance MLB All-Star Game 2015 Final Vote would lead one to think he never left.
Moustakas, who was placed on the bereavement list Monday, brought in 11.8 million votes, according to Thursday’s ballot update, while Twins second baseman Brian Dozier in second place collected four million votes on Wednesday alone to close the gap.
Balloting is open through 3 p.m. CT on Friday, while the Royals are promoting Moustakas with a #VoteMoose campaign on Twitter. Fans can vote for Moustakas at www.royals.com/vote or by texting “A5” to 89269.
Having Cheslor Cuthbert fill in at third base has worked well enough for the Royals to win four straight games, but the pitchers know the difference between having Moustakas to back them up.
“Some laser off me that he’s just made look routine, so it’s just great to have him over there,” Royals left-hander Danny Duffy said. “Personally, I think he’s the best candidate for the All-Star Game. Not taking anything away from anybody else, but I think he belongs there.”
Look no further than Game 3 of the last year’s American League Championship Series, where Moustakas chased a pop-up foul ball into the dugout suites on the third-base side, falling over the fence to make the grab.
The Royals even commemorated the play with a special bobblehead distributed on a promotional night this season on June 20 against the Red Sox.
“I think every time I pitch when he’s playing third, there’s a lot of confidence,” right-hander Edinson Volquez said. “I think he’s a Gold Glove winner. I think he’s one of the best third basemen.”
Voting is open now at MLB.com to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each League until 3 p.m. CT on Friday.
During the All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 14, fans can once again visit MLB.com to submit their choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. Voting exclusively at MLB.com, online and via their mobile devices in the 2015 All-Star Game MVP Vote presented by Chevrolet, the fans’ collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.