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Orioles lightly represented in latest All-Star game vote totals

Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph reacts after being struck out by Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale to end the fifth inning during the first game of a doubleheader at Camden Yards.
Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph reacts after being struck out by Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale to end the fifth inning during the first game of a doubleheader at Camden Yards. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

As the Orioles' season so far is dissected following their .500 homestand, perhaps there's no better indication of the plight of the 2014 American League East Champions than the most recent round of All-Star game voting, announced Monday by Major League Baseball.

Just three Orioles -- center fielder Adam Jones (fourth), third baseman Manny Machado (fourth), and catcher Caleb Joseph (fifth) -- are represented in the top five at their positions.

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For comparison's sake, at this time last year, catcher Matt Wieters and designated hitter Nelson Cruz both led their fields, despite the Orioles hovering around .500 at the time. First baseman Chris Davis (fourth among first basemen), shortstop J.J. Hardy (third among shortstops), and Machado (fourth among third basemen) were also high in their position groups.

Cruz, Jones, and Wieters ended up representing the team, with Wieters missing out because of injury.

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Perhaps all the totals are skewed by the continued (and admirable) voting occuring within the Kansas City Royals fanbase, which apparently wants to see their entire team starting the game. But still, these totals seem to indicate there's not as much excitement -- here or elsewhere -- about this team's players or prospects as there's been in years past.

This article has been updated.

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