Rob Manfred says it's too early to be worried about results of fan voting for next month's All-Star Game but noted his office is open to change if the system proves flawed.
The latest updated voting totals in the American League, released Monday, have eight players from the Kansas City Royals in line to start the July 14 game in Cincinnati. The NL voting totals, released Tuesday, have Nori Aoki of the San Francisco Giants third among outfielders. Aoki was a member of the Royals last season.
"We have 16 days left. Lots of years we've worried about lots of things in respect to fan voting but in general over time fans have done a pretty good job, so we'll see how it all turns out," Manfred said.
"What I would say is I hope over time that what people come to think about the commissioner's office is when we have a situation such as this -- this is one example -- that we are responsive and open to change if in fact it appears we get a result that is not consistent with the goals of the system that is currently in place."
The debate over just how much say the fans should have has increased in recent weeks with Royals players dominating the balloting.