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MLB, Miami Marlins announce start of 2017 All-Star balloting as May begins

2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game ballot launches on MLB.com and 30 club sites

Press Release | 1:19 PM ET

Major League Baseball today marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, which will be held on Tuesday, July 11 that Marlins Park, the home of the Miami Marlins. The 88th Midsummer Classic, hosted by the Marlins for the first time in the franchise’s history, will mark the first All-Star Game to be played in the state of Florida.

MLB’s All-Star Balloting Program is the largest of its kind in professional sports, and for the third consecutive season, it will be conducted exclusively online and via mobile devices at MLB.com, all 30 Club web sites and the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters a total of 35 times with the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, including a maximum of five valid ballots cast in any 24-hour period. During the voting period, the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot will be available in English and Spanish, and will offer audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually impaired fans. Banco BHD León will once again sponsor online All-Star balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballots available to fans in the Dominican Republic via LasMayores.com, the official Spanish-language Web site of Major League Baseball.

Details regarding the unveiling of the 2017 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be available in the coming weeks. The AL All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the NL All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads – totaling 23 for the NL and 22 for the AL – will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the Commissioner’s Office. The NL squad will be led by Joe Maddon of the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, while the AL team will be guided by Terry Francona of the defending AL Champion Cleveland Indians.

Following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 32-man roster via the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period. Now in its 16th season with over 680 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile devices.

This year’s final phase of All-Star Game voting again will have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans can vote exclusively at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2017 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year’s recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Marlins Park (July 11th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 10th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 9th), All-Star FanFest at the Miami Beach Convention Center (July 7th-11th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 88th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Twins 3B Miguel Sano named AL Player of the Week

Miguel Sanó on August 22, 2015 by Keith Allison on Flickr Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons

Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sanó has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending April 30th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Miguel Sanó will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros collected two wins during his excellent week on the mound, posting a 1.62 ERA with 14 strikeouts over 16.2 innings pitched. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner became the first pitcher in franchise history to begin a season by tossing 7.0-or-more innings, while allowing two-or-fewer runs in his first six starts. Keuchel’s five wins this past month also matched the club record for wins in April, joining Roger Clemens, who did so for the Astros during his NL Cy Young Award-winning season in 2004. Additionally, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees hit .400 (6-for-15) with nine runs scored, four home runs and seven RBI. His 10 homers this past month matched Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies (2016) and José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox (2014) for the most by a rookie in the month of April in MLB history. Judge also became just the second player in Yankees history age 25-or-younger to hit 10 homers in the team’s first 22 games of a season, joining Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle (11 HR in 1956). Other noteworthy performances included Nelson Cruz (.474, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 1.158 SLG) of the Seattle Mariners, as well as Bud Norris (4 SV, 0.00 ERA, 8 SO) and Mike Trout (.400, 7 R, 5 XBH, 20 TB) of the Los Angeles Angels.

Sanó batted .524 (11-for-21) with four runs scored, a double, three home runs and 11 RBI over five games. Among AL leaders, Minnesota’s slugger finished first in RBI; tied for first in hits; second in batting average and total bases (21); tied for third in home runs; fourth in slugging percentage (1.000); tied for fifth in extra-base hits (4); and seventh in on-base percentage (.545). In the midst of his third season, this is Miguel’s first career Player of the Week Award.

Entering play today, Sanó is currently riding a four-game hitting streak, each of which have been of the multi-hit variety. During his torrid four-game stretch from April 25th-30th, the San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic native tallied 11 hits, three round-trippers and 11 RBI. In yesterday’s 7-5 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Sanó contributed three hits, including a three-run home run in the third inning, and a pair of RBI singles later in the game that helped clinch the Twins’ 12th win of the season. With his team-leading seventh home run during the month of April, Miguel became the first Twins player to reach that mark in April since teammate Brian Dozier accomplished the feat in 2014. The seven-homer month represents the third-most that Sanó has recorded in his career, trailing his AL Rookie of the Month-winning nine-homer month in August 2015, and his eight-homer month in May 2016. Led by their surging young slugger, Minnesota finished the month of April with a 12-11 record, a significant improvement from last year’s 7-17 start to the 2016 campaign.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman named NL Player of the Week

Ryan Zimmerman during 2009 game By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending April 30th.

Ryan’s teammates Anthony Rendon (.440, 8 R, 3 HR, 11 RBI) and Trea Turner (.400, 13 R, 8 XBH, 11 RBI) also posted impressive weeks. In Sunday afternoon’s 23-5 win over the Mets, Rendon, the 2016 NL Comeback Player of the Year Award-winner, became just the second player in MLB history to have a game that included six hits, three home runs and 10 RBI (also Walker Cooper of the Cincinnati Reds on July 6, 1949). On Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies, Turner joined Cirstian Guzman (8/28/08) and Brad Wilkerson (4/6/05) as the only Nationals players to ever hit for the cycle. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the speedy shortstop became just the eighth player in MLB history to drive in seven-or-more runs while hitting for the cycle. Moreover, Cincinnati’s Scott Schebler (.474, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 1.263 SLG) recorded five home runs in five games from April 23rd-28th, and has posted multi-hit efforts in five of his last six games, entering play today. Other noteworthy performances included Hernán Pérez (.409, 7 R, 7 XBH, 8 RBI) of the Milwaukee Brewers; Paul Goldschmidt (.500, 6 R, 7 RBI, 3 SB) of the Arizona Diamondbacks; Kenley Jansen (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 SV, 9 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Ivan Nova of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who pitched a complete-game shutout on Saturday against the Miami Marlins.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Ryan Zimmerman will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Zimmerman hit .500 (13-for-26) with 11 runs scored, two doubles, five home runs and 13 RBI over six games to claim his fourth career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning on July 22, 2012. The University of Virginia product paced the Majors in home runs, RBI and total bases (30). Among his NL counterparts, Ryan finished second in runs scored and slugging percentage (1.154), tied for second in batting average and extra-base hits (7), and third in hits. This is the Nationals’ second consecutive weekly award, following Ryan’s teammate Bryce Harper, and a player from the NL East has earned the award each week so far in 2017 (J.T. Realmuto and Marcell Ozuna of the Miami Marlins won the previous two weeks).

During his award-winning week, Zimmerman logged four consecutive multi-hit games from April 26th-30th. Dating back to April 22nd, the two-time Silver Slugger Award recipient (2009-10) owns an eight-game hitting streak. On Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park against the New York Mets, Zimmerman tallied three hits, including his 11th home run of the season, to go along with a run scored and three RBI. This is the first time in his career that Zimmerman has hit 11 round-trippers in the month of April, only reaching the mark in a single month one other time during his 13-year career (September, 2013). With the solo homer, the 2009 NL All-Star passed Hall of Famer Andre Dawson to move into second place on the franchise’s all-time home run list (226), trailing only Vladimir Guerrero (235). Entering play today, Zimmerman, who was Washington’s first draft selection in franchise history (No. 4 overall in the 2005 MLB Draft), currently leads all Major Leaguers in hits (37), batting average (.420), RBI (29) and slugging percentage (.886), and is tied with Milwaukee’s Eric Thames for the Major League lead in home runs (11). The Nationals recorded four wins during Ryan’s hot week at the plate and currently own the best record in Baseball at 17-8 (.680).

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com