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NFL Network announces Top 100 players & Top 10

 

NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2017 weekly series announced recently the players ranked No. 10 through No. 1.

The Top 100 Players of 2017 Reactions show concluded the seventh season of the annual series which counts down the top 100 players in the NFL as voted on by the players themselves. Amber TheoharisIke Taylor and Willie McGinest host the special one-hour edition of the Reactions show, which includes interviews with some of the players revealed in the top 10.

Additional NFL.com content leading up to the series finale includes Ike Taylor’s own Top 100 list (http://tinyurl.com/yb2cugpv), Adam Schein’s own Top 9 players, and an All-Top 100 team putting together a roster of the highest-rated players by position.

In advance of series finale, NFL Network announces the Top 10 players listed in alphabetical order, along with some quotes from current NFL players discussing each.

The Top 100 Players of 2017 – Top 10 Players listed in alphabetical order:

Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants, WR

  • “He’ll go down as one of the greatest ever.– Coty Sensabaugh

Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers, RB

  • “He’s the best at everything. He’s the best running back all around in this league.” – Malcolm Jenkins

Tom Brady – New England Patriots, QB

  • “I don’t know who you can compare him to and say he’s not the best of all time.” – Malcolm Jenkins

Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers, WR

  • “He makes it look so effortless. He has such a sense of where he’s at on the field at all times.” – Le’Veon Bell

Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys, RB

  • “He’s going to run through you if you’re in his way.” – Mike Daniels

Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons, WR

  • “I can’t even imagine having to guard someone like that. It’s not even fair.” – Davante Adams

Khalil Mack – Oakland Raiders, LB

  • “He’s a beast. He’s really unstoppable.” – Melvin Gordon

Von Miller – Denver Broncos, LB

  • “Von’s like water – he’s fluid. Can’t get your hands on him, can’t touch him.” – Shane Ray

Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers, QB

  • “He’s a pro’s pro. He’s super slick. He has the confidence – he has the swagger a lot of quarterbacks don’t have.” – Michael Bennett

Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons, QB

  • “Number one player in the league right now. MVP.” – Shane Ray

Below is complete list of players ranked #100-11:

To see specific segments on each player from the show, please visit http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-top100-2017

100. Joey Bosa – Los Angeles Chargers, DE

99. Malcolm Butler – New England Patriots, CB

98. Adrian Peterson – New Orleans Saints, RB

97. David DeCastro – Pittsburgh Steelers, OG

96. Damon Harrison – New York Giants, DT

95. Kelechi Osemele – Oakland Raiders, OG

94. Dont’a Hightower – New England Patriots, LB

93. Brandon Graham – Philadelphia Eagles, DE

92. Everson Griffen – Minnesota Vikings, DE

91. Lorenzo Alexander – Buffalo Bills, LB

 

90. Malcolm Jenkins – Philadelphia Eagles, S

89. Thomas Davis – Carolina Panthers, LB

88. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks, WR

87. Travis Frederick – Dallas Cowboys, C

86. Jurell Casey – Tennessee Titans, DT

85. Chandler Jones – Arizona Cardinals, LB

84. Mike Daniels – Green Bay Packers, DT

83. Calais Campbell – Jacksonville Jaguars, DE

82. Clay Matthews – Green Bay Packers, LB

81. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs, QB

 

80. LeGarrette Blount – Philadelphia Eagles, RB

79. Sean Lee – Dallas Cowboys, LB

78. Brian Orakpo – Tennessee Titans, LB

77. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – Green Bay Packers, S

76. Justin Houston – Kansas City Chiefs, LB

75. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans, TE

74. Harrison Smith – Minnesota Vikings, S

73. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers, QB

72. Taylor Lewan – Tennessee Titans, OT

71. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots, WR

 

70. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins, QB

69. Jay Ajayi – Miami Dolphins, RB

68. Geno Atkins – Cincinnati Bengals, DT

67. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers, TE

66. Xavier Rhodes – Minnesota Vikings, CB

65. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins, TE

64. Casey Hayward – Los Angeles Chargers, CB

63. Chris Harris Jr. – Denver Broncos, CB

62. Cameron Wake – Miami Dolphins, DE

61. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts, WR

 

60. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys, WR

59. Josh Norman – Washington Redskins, CB

58. Zack Martin – Dallas Cowboys, OG

57. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, QB

56. Cliff Avril – Seattle Seahawks, DE

55. Ndamukong Suh – Miami Dolphins, DT

54. Janoris Jenkins – New York Giants, CB

53. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders, WR

52. Gerald McCoy – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DT

51. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts, QB

50. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans, QB

49. Jadeveon Clowney – Houston Texans, DE

48. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers, WR

47. Trent Williams – Washington Redskins, OT

46. Michael Bennett – Seattle Seahawks, DE

45. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals, WR

44. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers, QB

43. Marshal Yanda – Baltimore Ravens, OG

42. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins, WR

41. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons, RB

 

40. Vic Beasley – Atlanta Falcons, LB

39. Bobby Wagner – Seattle Seahawks, LB

38. Fletcher Cox – Philadelphia Eagles, DT

37. Aqib Talib – Denver Broncos, CB

36. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs, WR/PR

35. J.J. Watt – Houston Texans, DE

34. Kam Chancellor – Seattle Seahawks, S

33. DeMarco Murray – Tennessee Titans, RB

32. Marcus Peters – Kansas City Chiefs, CB

31. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions, QB

 

30. Earl Thomas – Seattle Seahawks, S

29. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR

28. Landon Collins – New York Giants, S

27. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills, RB

26. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs, TE

25. Joe Thomas – Cleveland Browns, OT

24. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks, QB

23. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots, TE

22. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers, QB

21. Richard Sherman – Seattle Seahawks, CB

 

20. Luke Kuechly – Carolina Panthers, LB

19. Patrick Peterson – Arizona Cardinals, CB

18. Tyron Smith – Dallas Cowboys, OT

17. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals, WR

16. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints, QB

15. Aaron Donald – Los Angeles Rams, DT

14. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys, QB

13. Eric Berry – Kansas City Chiefs, S

12. David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals, RB

11. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders, QB

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MLB announces rosters for SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game

Rosters for the 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, July 9th at Marlins Park in Miami, were announced by Major League Baseball earlier today on MLB Network’s “MLB Central.”

The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which is now in its 19th year, features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of All-Star Sunday. The U.S. Team leads the all-time series, 11-7. Last year in San Diego, the World Team defeated the U.S., 11-3, snapping a six-game U.S. winning streak.

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team. Each Major League
organization is represented and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to be selected. Complete Futures Game rosters, prospect analysis and rankings can be found at MLB.com/pipeline.

The teams feature 15 former first round draft picks (12 on U.S. Team and three on World Team), two players picked in Compensation Round A (both U.S. Team) and seven second round picks (six on U.S and one on
World). Among the 14 first round picks, five were selected in the 2015 Draft, five in the 2016 Draft, four in the 2014 Draft and one in the 2012 Draft.

The World Team features players representing 12 different countries and territories outside the 50 United States. The Dominican Republic is represented by nine players, followed by Cuba (3), Canada (3) and Colombia
(2). The Bahamas, Brazil, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela are each represented by one player on the World Team.

The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will last nine innings, and in the event of a tie, a 10th inning will be played. The game will not go longer than 10 innings, regardless of the score. Players and coaches will be outfitted in special SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game caps and jerseys.

As part of its live All-Star Week programming, MLB Network will exclusively televise and MLB.com will live stream the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at 4:00 p.m. (ET), with Matt Vasgersian, Mike Lowell, Heidi Watney and MLB.com prospect expert Jonathan Mayo on the call live from Marlins Park.

SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of Major League Baseball, will provide live play-by-play coverage of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89; Sirius channel 209) in
addition to SiriusXM’s other comprehensive live coverage from Miami. The game will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers on the SiriusXM Internet Radio app for smart phones and mobile devices and online at SiriusXM.com.

The Minor League Baseball Umpires who will work the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game are Nate Tomlinson (home plate) of the Texas League, Erich Bacchus (first base) of the Eastern League, Jason Starkovich (second base) of the Pacific Coast League and Skyler Shown (third base) of the Southern League.

The coaching staffs for the U.S. and World Team, led by managers Charles Johnson and Edgar Renteria, respectively, are as follows:

U.S. Team Manager & Coaches
Charles Johnson Manager (1997 World Champion Marlins; 587 career games with Marlins)
Ryan Christenson Third Base Coach (Manager, Nashville Sounds – OAK Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate)
Cliff Floyd Hitting Coach (1997 World Champion Marlins; MLB Network analyst; 637 career games with Marlins)
Al Leiter Pitching Coach (1997 World Champion Marlins; MLB Network analyst; 77 career games with Marlins)
Jerry Manuel Bench Coach (1997 World Champion Marlins coaching staff)
Jared Sandberg First Base Coach (Manager, Durham Bulls – TB Triple-A International League affiliate)
Tommy Thompson Bullpen Coach (Minor League Camp Coordinator/Assistant, Player Development – CWS)
Brian Bopier Trainer (PHI)

World Team Manager & Coaches
Edgar Renteria Manager (1997 World Champion Marlins; 393 career games with Marlins)
Chino Cadahia Hitting Coach (Senior Coordinator, Player Development – KC)
Luis Castillo Bench Coach (2003 World Champion Marlins; 1,128 career games with Marlins)
Alex Fernandez Pitching Coach (1997 World Champion Marlins; 64 career games with Marlins)
Livan Hernandez Pitching Coach (1997 World Champion Marlins; 1997 NCLS & WS MVP; 71 career games with Marlins)
Luis Matos First Base Coach (Coach, Oklahoma City Dodgers – LAD Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate)
Luis Sierra Coach (Pregame Instructor – CWS)
Luis Urueta Third Base Coach (Minor League Field Coordinator – ARI)
Troy Hoppier Trainer (MIA)

During player introductions for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, local Boys & Girls Clubs kids ages 12-18 will hold the flags of countries represented in the game. Participating children will also receive All-Star Sunday tickets.

Tickets are available for purchase for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game by visiting www.allstargame.com or visiting the box office at Marlins Park.
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 www.allstargame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

 

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

 

MLB All-Star Game balloting in final hours, has several positions up for grabs

Several positions remain too close to call with just hours remaining in All-Star balloting for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, it was announced earlier today on MLB Network. The 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, which is available exclusively online via MLB.com, Club sites and mobile devices, will be accessible until the voting period ends on Thursday, June 29th at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 2nd at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on the “Esurance All-Star Selection Show” on ESPN prior to the network’s 8:00 p.m. (ET) “Sunday Night Baseball” telecast featuring the Washington Nationals at the St. Louis Cardinals.

Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna has accumulated 1,270,464 votes to join the NL outfield leaders in his bid for a starting role in front of his hometown fans. Ozuna, an All-Star in 2016, will attempt to hold off Cubs teammates Jason Heyward (1,241,194) and Ben Zobrist (1,122,946), as well as his Marlins teammate Giancarlo Stanton (1,069,313) and Matt Kemp of the Atlanta Braves (1,058,050). The 26-year-old Ozuna is joined in the outfield by Major League Baseball’s leading vote-getter and four-time All-Star Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals (3,617,444), and 2014 All-Star Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies (3,115,730).

At third base in the NL, a pair of two-time All-Stars – Kris Bryant of the Cubs (1,978,692) and Nolan Arenado of the Rockies (1,920,610) — are separated by less than 60,000 votes as they set for a four-day showdown to the finish. Bryant is bidding for his second consecutive fan-elected start, while Arenado is trying to become the first Rockies third baseman to earn a fan election. A second close race continues to play out on the left side of the NL infield as Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (1,915,806) remains in front of Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers (1,657,732). Cozart is aiming for his first career All-Star selection, while Seager is attempting to earn his first starting assignment and second All-Star selection overall in his second full season.

The remaining NL leaders include: first baseman Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals (1,728,607), who continues to fight off pressure from Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs (1,601,245); second baseman Daniel Murphy of the Nationals (3,057,360), who has a comfortable lead over Javier Báez of the Cubs (1,654,829); and catcher Buster Posey of the Giants (2,530,713), who continues to outpace Willson Contreras of the Cubs (1,216,513).

In the American League, the roller coaster race at first base continues to intrigue as 2016 All-Star starter Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals (1,419,887) tries to hold off Justin Smoak of the Toronto Blue Jays (1,348,233), Yonder Alonso of the Oakland Athletics (1,076,984) and Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers (1,011,382). Three different players have held the top spot over the last five weeks, and Smoak has risen from outside the top five to second place over the last two weeks.

In pursuit of his first All-Star selection, third base leader Miguel Sanó of the Minnesota Twins (1,550,240) has seen his lead shrink over the last week as José Ramírez of the Cleveland Indians (1,341,076), Toronto’s Josh Donaldson (1,1191,244) and Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas (1,067,150) all remain in pursuit of a starting assignment. Ramírez is also aiming for his first All-Star nod, while Donaldson seeks a fourth selection and Moustakas bids for a second trip to the Midsummer Classic.

A tight four-way race continues to develop at designated hitter as four-time All-Star Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners (1,366,962) is chased by potential first-time All-Star Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays (1,267,234), three-time All-Star Edwin Encarnacion (1,186,483) of the Indians and seven-time All-Star Matt Holliday of the New York Yankees (1,107,847).

The remaining AL leaders include: second baseman Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros (2,925,041), who remains ahead of New York’s Starlin Castro (1,737,446); shortstop Carlos Correa of the Astros (2,229,857), who is trailed by fellow Puerto Rico native Francisco Lindor of the Indians (1,648,532); catcher Salvador Perez of the Royals (2,150,223), who is followed by Gary Sánchez of the Yankees (1,337,651); and outfielders Aaron Judge of the Yankees (3,442,597), Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (2,559,173) and George Springer of the Houston Astros (1,619,385). Judge, who has drawn the attention of fans around the country during his outstanding rookie season, remains the AL’s leading vote-getter, and he trails MLB leading vote-getter Harper by less than 200,000 votes. Springer is followed closely by Cleveland’s Michael Brantley (1,325,743); Avisaíl García of the Chicago White Sox (1,292,694); and Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox (1,223,195).

The Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, the largest program of its kind in professional sports, is being conducted exclusively online for the third consecutive season. 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. The 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot is available in English and Spanish, and offers audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually impaired fans. Banco BHD León once again sponsors 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.

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.

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

 

Miami native, Eric Hosmer of Royals, pulls ahead in crowded AL first base position in updated All-Star voting

Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, a Miami area native, has pulled out in front of the highly competitive first base field in the latest American League balloting update for the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, it was announced earlier today on MLB Network. The 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, which is available exclusively online via MLB.com, Club sites and mobile devices, will be accessible until the voting period ends on Thursday, June 29th at 11:59 p.m. (ET).

Hosmer, who ranked third among first basemen last week, has received 936,734 votes to jump ahead of Oakland’s Yonder Alonso (887,645) and Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (831,289), while Toronto’s Justin Smoak (787,787) and Cleveland’s Carlos Santana (722,315) remain close behind. Last week’s leader Alonso, a product of the University of Miami, is batting .301 on the season with 17 home runs and 37 RBI in a bid for his first career All-Star selection. The 27-year-old Hosmer is aiming for his second consecutive All-Star selection after drawing a fan election last season. With a fan-elected start, Hosmer would become the third Royals player to earn consecutive fan elections, joining Hall of Famer George Brett (11 straight at third base from 1976-86) and teammate Salvador Perez, who currently leads AL catchers in pursuit of a third straight fan election.

In the outfield, George Springer of the Houston Astros (1,176,95) is holding off Cleveland’s Michael Brantley for the third starting spot behind overall AL leader Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (2,631,284) and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (2,030,074). Springer, who is batting .284 on the season with 20 home runs and 45 RBI, would become just the second Astros outfielder to earn a fan election, joining Cesar Cedeño, who was selected to start by the fans for the National League in 1973. Judge, who leads the Majors with 23 home runs and paces the AL with a .335 batting average, owns the second-highest vote total across all of Baseball, trailing Washington’s Bryce Harper (2,827,330). Judge and Springer are bidding for their first All-Star selections, while the 25-year-old Trout is already aiming for his sixth selection and fifth consecutive fan-elected starting assignment. In addition to Brantley, several outfielders remain within striking distance of a starting nod, including Avisaíl García of the Chicago White Sox (970,994), Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox (946,510) and Springer’s Astros teammate Carlos Beltrán (834,067).

The remaining AL leaders include: the aforementioned backstop Perez (1,453,088); second baseman Jose Altuve of the Astros (2,185,035); shortstop Carlos Correa of the Astros (1,658,255); third baseman Miguel Sanó of the Minnesota Twins (1,302,090); and designated hitter Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners (1,118,873). Perez is challenged by Houston’s Brian McCann (1,051,138) and Gary Sánchez of the Yankees (1,045,471), while Altuve is followed by Starlin Castro of the Yankees (1,450,472). Correa is entrenched in a close race with fellow Puerto Rico native Francisco Lindor of the Indians (1,300,013). Sanó is trailed by reigning AL Player of the Week José Ramírez of the Indians (891,731), and Matt Holliday of the Yankees (927,247) and Tampa Bay’s Corey Dickerson (926,163) remain in pursuit of Cruz at designated hitter.

The Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, the largest program of its kind in professional sports, is being conducted exclusively online for the third consecutive season. 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. The 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot is available in English and Spanish, and offers audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually impaired fans. Banco BHD León once again sponsors 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.

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

 

Bo Butner’s .000 reaction time huge key in beating Greg Anderson for Norwalk NHRA Nationals Pro Stock Cars title

Bo Butner enjoying chat with media (megasportsnews.com photo)

PRESS CONFERENCE WITH BO BUTNER

61,903 Bo Butner NHRA Pro Stock Cars Norwalk winner Upset Greg Anderson in final round with a perfect reaction time of 000 6 25 2017

NORWALK, Ohio — Steve Torrence powered his Top Fuel dragster to victory Sunday at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

 

Points leader Butner secured the victory in Pro Stock after driving to a 6.601 at 210.50 in his Jim Butner’s Auto Chevy Camaro to knock off Greg Anderson on a holeshot after running a 6.581 at 210.87 in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro. Butner now has three victories on the year as he notched his first win since Atlanta.

 

 

 

“Today was a great day, we made four pretty consistent runs and my car was good when it needed to be,” Butner said. “It’s one thing to have a good car, but we also had a lot of things go our way to get those win lights today.”

 

 

 

Butner had the second-best qualifying time and defeated Val Smeland, Vincent Nobile and John Gaydosh en route to his fifth final round of 2017. Anderson earned his sixth final round appearance of the season by defeating Mark Hogan, Allen Johnson and Jason Line.

 

 

 

Butner added to his lead in the points standings, becoming the first three race winner in the Pro Stock category this season. Anderson remains in second place with his fourth runner-up appearance of the year.

 

RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF NHRA COMMUNICATIONS

 

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