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Astros star 2B Jose Altuve top MLB vote-getter in 2018 AL All-Star ballot update

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Jose Altuve talks to reporters at 2016 All-Star Game photo By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Eight different teams represented among nine current leaders; voting available online until Thursday, July 5th at 11:59 p.m. (ET)

 

Reigning American League Most Valuable Player Jose Altuve of the red-hot Houston Astros has jumped in front of all Major League players 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).

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.

Altuve, who has started each of the last three All-Star Games, has totaled 1,572,101 votes in his bid for a sixth Midsummer Classic selection overall. The Puerto Cabello, Venezuela native would join Hall of Famer Rod Carew (six straight, 1970-75), Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar (four straight, 1991-94; five straight, 1996-2000) and Robinson Canó (five straight, 2010-14) as the only AL second basemen to win four consecutive fan elections. The 28-year-old Altuve, who is followed at second base by rookie Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees (534,758), leads the Majors with a .342 batting average and 102 hits to go along with five home runs, 37 RBI and 19 doubles.

In the AL’s closest race, Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos has received 678,159 votes to overtake Gary Sánchez of the New York Yankees (618,899) behind the plate. Ramos, in his second season with the Rays, 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 Venezuela native 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). The 30-year-old Ramos is batting .286 on the season with nine home runs, 35 RBI, nine doubles and 22 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 13 home runs and 39 RBI.

Overall, eight different AL Clubs are represented among the nine positional leaders. The remaining AL leaders include: first baseman José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox (636,666), who is bidding to become the first White Sox player to win a fan election since Hall of Famer Frank Thomas in 1996; third baseman José Ramírez of the Indians (893,530); shortstop Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles (671,133); designated hitter J.D. Martinez of the Boston Red Sox (1,119,263); and outfielders Mookie Betts of the Red Sox (1,568,417), Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (1,323,292) and Aaron Judge of the Yankees (1,061,370). Abreu is followed closely at first base by Boston’s Mitch Moreland (472,245), while Ramírez continues to pace Yankees rookie third baseman Miguel Andújar (509,188). Houston’s Carlos Correa (458,367) surpassed Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor (420,674) and Didi Gregorius of the Yankees (413,135) in pursuit of Machado at shortstop, and 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton (478,872), now of the Yankees, continues to trail Martinez at designated hitter.

For the fourth consecutive season, MLB’s All-Star Balloting Program will be 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. Beginning on Friday, June 1st, 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 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 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.

 

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Cardinals LF Marcell Ozuna a recent NL Player of the Week

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Marcell Ozuna (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna was named National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending June 17th.

After a slow start to the season, Ozuna is red hot at the plate. He batted .455/.478/1.000 with four home runs and eight RBIs in six games last week, raising his average from .282 to .294.

The Cards slugger hit .260/.308/.337 with three home runs in the first two months of the season (50 games), and he is slashing .411/.450/.821 with seven homers through 15 games in June.

Ozuna is not new to winning the weekly award. This is Ozuna’s third Player of the Week award. He won it twice with the Marlins last season, in mid-April and early September.

 

 

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