Kansas City Royals know All-Star voting dominance could lead to change in rules

Baseball Barring a dramatic reversal from late-reporting precincts, Royals blue will be second only to the home stadium's red as the dominant color at this year's All-Star Game.As of Monday morning, Kansas City players were in line to start at seven of the nine positions in the American League batting order for the July 14 game in Cincinnati, thanks to overwhelming support in the online-only voting. MORE: Baseball's worst everyday playersWhile any baseball fan could appreciate the 2014 turnaround that led to the Royals' first World Series appearance in 29 years, few outside Kansas City are likely to look as kindly upon one team dominating an All-Star lineup. The Royals know this, but they're not going to apologize for it."There's nothing wrong,'' Royals manager Ned Yost told USA Today Sports. "Vote! The votes are the votes. If you don't like it, go out there and vote. Our fans have gotten out and voted."The only non-Royals who would start in Cincinnati if the voting holds as it currently stands are the Angels' Mike Trout in the outfield and the Astros' Jose Altuve at second base. But even they can't rest easy, as light-hitting Royals entrant Omar Infante is within striking distance of Altuve's starting spot.Whatever happens, deserving players and some of the game's most marketable stars figure to be relegated to the bench by the Royals tidal wave, and many around the game aren't happy about it.Rain delay thoughts... How is @MiguelCabrera not leading the #ASG voting for 1st base?? #VoteMiggy #GOAT— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) June 14, 2015Even the Royals acknowledge that such omissions likely will prompt to alter the rules, particularly if new commissioner Rob Manfred continues to uphold Bud Selig's edict to award home-field advantage in the World Series to the winning league in the July exhibition."… We get seven guys starting

at the All-Star Game, they'll change the rule," Royals outfielder Alex Gordon told USA Today. "They'll have to. It will be like a home game. Nobody wants to see one team playing against the other All-Star team. It kind of ruins the point of an All-Star Game.''Uncomfortable as it might make some of them, the Royals know there's little for them to do now but bask in the appreciation of their fan base."I don't know what people want us to do,'' said Eric Hosmer, who would start ahead of Cabrera at first base. "Are we supposed to tell people to stop voting for us?"