Wor­thy of his se­lec­tions

Barry Svrluga chooses his ros­ters for the All-Star Game like a man­ager or ex­ec­u­tive might — by per­for­mance.

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY BARRY SVRLUGA barry.svrluga@wash­post.com

All of Amer­ica— or at least most of Kansas City— braced for the close of all-star bal­lot­ing at mid­night Thurs­day. This first year of online-only vot­ing has brought its share of quirks, namely the threat that the Roy­als could over­run Cincinnati for the July 14 All-Star Game. Five Kansas City play­ers led the vot­ing at their po­si­tions in Mon­day’s most re­cent up­date. Starters and re­serves will be an­nounced Sun­day. But we’re putting aside all that con­tro­versy about vot­ing and meth­ods of se­lec­tion and choos­ing the ros­ter as a man­ager or front-of­fice per­son might— by per­for­mance. We’ll play by these rules: Each team must have at least one se­lec­tion, and we’ll fill 34 ros­ter spots for each league.

Sta­tis­tics are through Fri­day ex­cept where noted.

MAX SCHERZER

BRYCE HARPER

MIKE TROUT

TOP IM­AGE BY JONATHAN NEW­TON/THE WASHINGTON POST; BOT­TOM PHOTOS BY GETTY IM­AGES

DAL­LAS KEUCHEL

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