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MLB announces All-Stars team to be announced July 8 on ESPN

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The American League and National League All-Star Teams for the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game presented by Mastercard will be unveiled on Sunday, July 8th at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on the “Camping World All-Star Selection Show” on ESPN prior to the network’s 8:00 p.m. (ET) “Sunday Night Baseball Presented by Taco Bell” telecast featuring the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Los Angeles Angels, Major League Baseball announced today.

The AL All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, while the NL All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters. The ballot, which is available exclusively online, will be available until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. (ET). 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 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period. Now in its 17th season with over 760 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on MLB.com, the Club sites and on the MLB At Bat and Ballpark mobile apps. MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park (July 17th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 15th), GEICO All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (July 13th-17th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 89th 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 SiriusXM 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 @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

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Camping World All-Star ballot shows eight teams represented in recent AL update

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Voting available online until Thursday, July 5th at 11:59 p.m. (ET)

 

Eight different teams continue to be represented among the nine American League leaders in the latest fan balloting update for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. The latest AL balloting update was announced earlier today on MLB Network. The 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, which is available exclusively online and via mobile devices at MLB.com, all 30 Club sites and the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps, will be accessible until the voting period ends on Thursday, July 5th at 11:59 p.m. (ET).

Current leaders include two players from the Boston Red Sox and one player each from the Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Indians, the Houston Astros, the Los Angeles Angels, the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays. Since balloting was returned to the fans in 1970, neither league has had eight different teams win a fan election in the same year. The National League has had seven different teams among the winners on eight occasions, including the most recent occurrence in 2014, while the AL has had seven different teams represented 12 times, including last year for the Midsummer Classic in Miami.

For the fourth consecutive season, MLB’s All-Star Balloting Program is being conducted exclusively online and via mobile devices at MLB.com, all 30 Club web sites and the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Since Friday, June 1st, fans around the world have been able to cast their votes for starters a total of 35 times with the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, including a maximum of five valid ballots cast in any 24-hour period. Additionally, when fans vote they have a chance to win a 2019 Freedom Elite Motorhome, valued at over $85,000. During the voting period, the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot is available in English, Spanish and Japanese, 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 2018 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be available later this week. 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 AL squad will be managed by AJ Hinch of the defending World Series Champion Houston Astros, while the NL team will be led by Dave Roberts of the defending NL Champion Dodgers.

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 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period. Now in its 17th season with over 760 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on MLB.com, the Club sites and on 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 2018 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 Nationals Park (July 17th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 15th), GEICO All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (July 13th-17th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 89th 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 SiriusXM 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 @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

White Sox first baseman José Abreu continues to maintain the lead that he has held from the outset, garnering 1,032,748 votes to remain ahead of Houston’s Yuli Gurriel (714,361) and Boston’s Mitch Moreland (644,728). Abreu, an All-Star during his rookie season in 2014, is bidding to become the first White Sox player to win a fan election since Hall of Famer Frank Thomas in 1996. In addition, the Cuban-born Abreu would become just the sixth White Sox player overall to win a fan vote, joining Hall of Famers Thomas (1994-96), Luis Aparicio (1970) and Carlton Fisk (1981-82), as well as Dick Allen (1972-74) and Richie Zisk (1977). The 31-year-old Abreu is batting .272 on the season with 11 home runs, 44 RBI, 27 doubles and 37 runs scored.

In the AL’s closest race, Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos has totaled 1,063,708 votes to outpace Gary Sánchez of the New York Yankees (904,678) behind the plate. Ramos, a native of Venezuela, is bidding for his second career All-Star selection following 2016, when he was a National League All-Star while playing for the Washington Nationals. The 30-year-old would become just the fifth different Rays player to win a fan election (sixth time overall), joining designated hitter Jose Canseco (1999), third baseman Evan Longoria (2009-10), outfielder Carl Crawford (2010) and designated hitter Corey Dickerson (2017). Wilson is batting .293 on the season with 11 home runs, 39 RBI, nine doubles and 24 runs scored. Sánchez, an All-Star in 2017, is vying to become the first Yankees catcher to garner a starting assignment since Jorge Posada earned consecutive fan elections in 2002-03. The 25-year-old Sanchez ranks second among all Major League catchers with 14 home runs and 41 RBI.

The remaining AL leaders include: second baseman Jose Altuve of the Astros (2,460,967), who remains MLB’s leading vote-getter; third baseman José Ramírez of the Indians (1,319,651); shortstop Manny Machado of the Orioles (960,628); outfielders Mookie Betts of the Red Sox (2,337,514), Mike Trout of the Angels (1,989,649) and Aaron Judge of the Yankees (1,557,109); and designated hitter J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox (1,675,492). Altuve is followed at second base by rookie Gleyber Torres of the Yankees (797,817), while Ramírez continues to pace another New York rookie — third baseman Miguel Andújar (764,032). Houston’s Carlos Correa (793,087) is in pursuit of Machado at shortstop, while the trio of outfield leaders are out in front of Houston’s George Springer (829,579), Cleveland’s Michael Brantley (794,074) and Boston’s Andrew Benintendi (784,969). At designated hitter, 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton (738,878), now of the Yankees, remains second behind Martinez.

 

 

 

 

Mariners’ Cruz a recent AL Player of the Week

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Nelson Cruz at bat 2015 photo by By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Designated hitter/outfielder Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending June 24th.

Other noteworthy performances last week included All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (.448, 4 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI) of the New York Yankees; starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (2-0, 0.68 ERA, 13.1 IP, 19 SO), All-Star designated hitter/first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (.320, 6 R, 4 XBH, 12 RBI), All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor (.400, 10 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI) and All-Star third baseman José Ramírez (.412, 8 R, 10 BB, 4 SB) of the Cleveland Indians; All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve (.474, 7 R, 5 XBH, 4 RBI) of the Houston Astros; and outfielder/designated hitter Mark Trumbo (.316, 5 R, 4 HR, 9 RBI) of the Baltimore Orioles.

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

Cruz batted .500 (12-for-24) with eight runs scored, two doubles, a triple, three home runs and eight RBI across six games played to earn his fifth career AL Player of the Week Award, last winning for the period ending April 19, 2015. Among qualified AL leaders, Nelson finished the period first in batting average and slugging percentage (1.042); second in hits, extra-base hits (6) and total bases (25); tied for second in runs scored and home runs; third in on-base percentage (.538); tied for third in triples; and fifth in RBI. This is Seattle’s second weekly award of the 2018 season, following his teammate James Paxton, who took home weekly honors for the week ending May 14th, following his no-hitter.

On Friday night against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Cruz went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, a pair of home runs and seven RBI in a contest that saw 24 total runs scored. The Dominican Republic native became the fourth player in team history to club a pair of three-run homers in a single game, joining Edgar Martinez (May 26, 1997), Bret Boone (June 4, 2001) and Justin Smoak (May 30, 2012). In addition, the five-time AL All-Star became the sixth player in franchise history to tally at least four hits, two round-trippers and seven RBI in a contest, joining Mickey Brantley (September 14, 1987), Butch Huskey (May 17, 1999), Alex Rodriguez (April 16, 2000 & September 30, 2000), Boone (June 4, 2001) and Mike Cameron (August 19, 2001). The multi-homer game propelled Cruz to the 20-homer mark, reaching the threshold in just his 76th game played. The right-handed slugger has now registered at least 20 home runs in each of the last 10 seasons, the only player in the Majors to accomplish the feat. Cruz, who signed as a free agent with Seattle in December 2014, enters play today in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak dating back to June 16th.

 

 

Rockies’ Arenado named a recent NL Player of the Week

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Nolan Arenado 2016 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending June 24th.

Outfielder Odúbel Herrera (.444, 8 R, 4 HR, 9 RBI) of the Philadelphia Phillies also posted a strong week. On Friday night against the Washington Nationals, the Venezuelan native logged four hits and four runs scored, as well as his fifth home run in as many days. Herrera became just the sixth player in franchise history to homer in five consecutive contests, joining his teammate Rhys Hoskins (2017), Chase Utley (2008), Bobby Abreu (2005), Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt (1979) and Dick Allen (1969). The performance concluded a stretch of eight games in which the slugging outfielder recorded six home runs, 17 hits, 11 runs scored and 10 RBI. Other noteworthy performances last week included third baseman Anthony Rendon (.444, 7 R, 4 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI) of the Nationals, All-Star outfielder José Bautista (.462, 6 R, 4 XBH, 7 RBI) of the New York Mets and All-Star backstop Yadier Molina (.333, 7 R, 5 HR, 7 RBI) of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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

Arenado posted a slash line of .379/.419/.966 with seven runs scored, 11 hits, two doubles, five home runs and 13 RBI over seven games played to claim his fifth career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning for the period ending July 23, 2017. Among his NL counterparts, Nolan finished the week first in RBI and total bases (28); tied for first in home runs and extra-base hits (7); tied for second in runs scored; tied for third in hits; and sixth in slugging percentage. This is Colorado’s first weekly award of 2018, and the first since Arenado’s previous weekly honor last season.

In Friday night’s home tilt against the Miami Marlins at Coors Field, Arenado batted 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Rockies to an 11-3 victory. The productive performance marked the fourth consecutive game in which the slugging third baseman logged at least two hits and a home run, becoming the first to accomplish the feat since his teammate Carlos Gonzalez (May 28-31, 2016). The three-time NL All-Star, who currently paces the fan vote at third base for the 2018 Midsummer Classic, shares the franchise record with Larry Walker (June 18-23, 1999), logging a streak of five such games from September 1-4, 2015. In addition, Arenado’s streak of four games with a round-tripper is tied for fourth-longest in Rockies history, trailing his own franchise record of six games (September 1-5, 2015) and streaks of five games by Walker (June 18-23, 1999) and Dante Bichette (August 1-5, 1995). Led by their three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Colorado won each of their four games during Nolan’s hot stretch at the plate.

 

 

 

 

Braves’ 2B Albies, Giants’ catcher Posey leading close races at their positions in recent NL update of Camping World All-Star ballot

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Voting available online until Thursday, July 5th at 11:59 p.m. (ET)

 

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey continue to lead at their respective positions as fan balloting for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard sets for final 10 days of voting. The National League balloting update was announced earlier today on MLB Network. The next update in the American League will be announced tomorrow. The 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, which is available exclusively online and via mobile devices at MLB.com, all 30 Club sites and the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps, will be accessible until the voting period ends on Thursday, July 5th at 11:59 p.m. (ET).

For the fourth consecutive season, MLB’s All-Star Balloting Program is being conducted exclusively online and via mobile devices at MLB.com, all 30 Club web sites and the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Fans around the world can cast their votes for starters a total of 35 times with the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, including a maximum of five valid ballots cast in any 24-hour period. Additionally, when fans vote they have a chance to win a 2019 Freedom Elite Motorhome, valued at over $85,000. During the voting period, the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot will be available in English, Spanish and Japanese, 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 2018 All-Star Teams will be available later this week. 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 AL squad will be managed by AJ Hinch of the defending World Series Champion Houston Astros, while the NL team will be led by Dave Roberts of the defending NL Champion Dodgers.

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 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period. Now in its 17th season with over 760 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on MLB.com, the Club sites and on 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 2018 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 Nationals Park (July 17th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 15th), GEICO All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (July 13th-17th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 89th 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 SiriusXM 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 @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

The 21-year-old Albies, vying for his first career All-Star selection, has received 1,408,469 votes to remain ahead of Javier Báez of the Chicago Cubs (1,186,243) and Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds (1,166,288). Albies, who leads all Major League second basemen with 23 doubles, 16 home runs and 58 runs scored, is batting .264 on the season with 44 RBI. He would join Marcus Giles (2003) and Dan Uggla (2012) as the only Braves second basemen to garner a starting assignment via the fan ballot. Báez, also seeking his first All-Star nod, is hitting .269 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI. The 25-year-old native of Puerto Rico is aiming to give the Cubs a starting second baseman for the second time in three years (Ben Zobrist — 2016). Like Albies and Báez, Gennett is also competing for a first trip to the Midsummer Classic. The 28-year-old leads the NL with a .332 batting average to go along with his 13 home runs and 51 RBI. With a starting nod, Scooter would become just the third different Reds second baseman to win a fan-elected start, joining Hall of Famer Joe Morgan (1972-78) and Brandon Phillips (2013).

In the NL’s closest race, Posey, a five-time All-Star (2012-13; 2015-17), has received 1,037,368 votes to remain in front of Cubs backstop Willson Contreras (945,347) and Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki (880,707). The 31-year-old Posey, who was the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year and 2012 NL Most Valuable Player, is bidding for his fourth consecutive fan-elected start and would become the first NL catcher to earn four consecutive fan elections since Hall of Famer Mike Piazza (nine straight, 1994-2002). In addition, Posey would become just the third Giants player to garner four straight starting assignments since balloting was returned to the fans in 1970, joining first baseman Will Clark (four straight, 1988-91) and outfielder Barry Bonds (five straight, 2000-04). Through 63 games this season, Buster is batting .289 with five home runs, 26 RBI, 16 doubles and 34 runs scored. The 26-year-old Contreras, in his third Major League season, is vying for his first All-Star selection. The native of Venezuela, who would join Geovany Soto (2008) as the only Cubs catchers to win a fan election, is hitting .261 with five home runs, 24 RBI, 16 doubles and 24 runs scored. Suzuki, an American League All-Star with the Minnesota Twins in 2014, is batting .282 with eight home runs, 26 RBI, 12 doubles and 26 runs scored. The 34-year-old is attempting to join Javy Lopez (2003) and Brian McCann (2011) as Braves catchers to earn fan-elected starts at the All-Star Game.

The remaining NL leaders include: first baseman and overall NL leader Freddie Freeman of the Braves (2,199,904); Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies (1,706,923); San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (1,701,098); and outfielders Nick Markakis of the Braves (1,829,276), Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers (1,498,827) and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals (1,403,335). Freeman is trailed by Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo (899,953); Arenado continues to be followed by Kris Bryant of the Cubs (1,060,467); Crawford remains ahead of Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson (888,077); and the trio of outfield leaders are outpacing Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon (983,660) and Braves teammates Ronald Acuña Jr. (932,989) and Ender Inciarte (828,451).

 

 

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