BALTIMORE -- For the past five years, the Orioles have had at least two representatives on the American League All-Star team. However, in the early results of fan balloting for the 2017 game, which will be held in Miami's Marlins Park July 11, third baseman Manny Machado is the only Oriole leading at his position, and his advantage is a narrow one.
Machado leads the Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano by less than 6,000 votes.
The other Orioles who are among the leaders are: catcher Welington Castillo, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list for the second time this season May 31 with a groin injury, is second; Jonathan Schoop, is fifth among second basemen; and Adam Jones is seventh among outfielders.
Machado has been selected for the All-Star Game three times and was a starter in 2016, while Jones is a five-time All-Star. Neither Castillo nor Schoop has been an All-Star.
Chris Davis (first base), J.J. Hardy (shortstop) and Mark Trumbo (outfield) have all been All-Stars with the Orioles, but were not among the leaders. Davis was the overall vote leader in 2013, the year he led the major leagues in home runs and RBIs.
Last year, right-handed reliever Brad Brach and left-hander closer Zach Britton were named to the All-Star team. In 2015, another member of the bullpen, right-hander Darren O'Day, was selected.
This year, right-hander Dylan Bundy, who is 6-3 with a 2.89 ERA, has a chance for his first All-Star Game selection.
From 2002-2011, the Orioles had multiple selections in just one season, when second baseman Brian Roberts, third baseman Melvin Mora, shortstop Miguel Tejada and left-handed reliever B.J. Ryan were selected in 2005.
In 2010, perhaps the most unusual Orioles All-Star in history was chosen. Infielder Ty Wigginton, who batted .252 with 14 homers and 45 RBIs in the season's first half, was the team's representative.
Wigginton, who had 256 hits in two seasons with the Orioles, was an All-Star, but right fielder Nick Markakis, whose 1,547 hits rank seventh in team history, never made an All-Star team in his nine seasons in Baltimore.
While the ranks of Orioles' All-Star representatives contain numerous selections for Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer and Boog Powell, there are other players in Wigginton's category
Less-heralded Orioles such as reliever Don Aase (1986), catcher Terry Kennedy (1987) and Tony Batista (2002), who succeeded Ripken at third base, were All-Star selections during their time in Baltimore.
Castillo, who signed a $6 million contract for 2017 with an $8 million player option for 2018, is likely in his only season with the Orioles. His first All-Star selection could only enhance his attractiveness to potential suitors.
Schoop has an uphill battle for his first All-Star nod. He trails the New York Yankees' Starlin Castro, Houston Astros' Jose Altuve, Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis and Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano.
It will be interesting to see the effect Machado's slump, should it continue, has on his voting totals.
The next voting update will be released June 6.