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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).