Left fielder Alex Gordon is the people's choice, and by an overwhelming margin, as the Royals' player who most deserves selection to the American League team for the All-Star Game on July 12 in Arizona.

Gordon received 37 percent of the 4,481 votes cast over a 10-day period ending at noon Thursday in an online poll conducted by The Kansas City Star. Rookie reliever Aaron Crow placed second, followed by shortstop Alcides Escobar.

"It's a great gesture and pretty humbling," Gordon said. "There are a lot of guys who will be up for it, and I'm glad I'm included. I'm happy the fans chose me. That's pretty cool."

The actual All-Star selections will be announced at 11 a.m. Sunday on TBS. Each team is guaranteed to have one player chosen, and the Royals, who have the league's worst record, appear unlikely to exceed the minimum.

Designated hitter Billy Butler finished fourth in The Star's online poll, followed by right fielder Jeff Francoeur, first baseman Eric Hosmer, outfielder Melky Cabrera and reliever Joakim Soria.

Gordon, at 27, is having the best season of his five-year career. He leads the club with 37 extra-base hits and 145 total bases. He is tied with Cabrera for the club lead with 45 runs. Gordon also ranks second in batting average and on-base percentage.

Prefer new-wave stats? Gordon leads the Royals with an .843 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) and has twice the WAR (wins above replacement) value of any other player on the club.