Nelson Cruz, fifth in voting as the AL designated hitter, is the only other Mariner in the top five in early All-Star balloting.
There’s no doubt that, 50 games into the season, Robinson Cano is again playing at an All-Star level.
Whether he gets the chance to start the All-Star game again, well, that’s very much in doubt.
In early balloting returns released by MLB on Tuesday, Cano ranks third among American League second basemen with 354,415 fan votes. That’s well behind the Astros’ Jose Altuve, who leads AL second basemen with 624,218 votes. The Royals’ Omar Infante was second with 473,205 votes.
Entering Tuesday’s game against the Padres, Cano shared the major-league lead with 15 home runs and ranked second with 44 RBIs. Cano was an All-Star in 2014, his first season after signing with the Mariners, and was a five-time All-Star with the Yankees.
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Nelson Cruz was the only other Mariner position player who ranked among the top five in fan voting. He is fifth at designated hitter with 208,953 votes.
Former Mariner Mark Trumbo, tied with Cano (and two others) for the major-league lead in homers, is third among AL outfielders with 641,594 votes.
Fan voting is open until June 30.