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Jun '19 23

AL and NL Finalists for Google MLB All-Star Starters Election Announced

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Press release Major League Baseball

Finalists for the first-ever Google MLB All-Star Starters Election were announced during this evening’s MLB Network Showcase telecast of the New York Yankees hosting the Houston Astros.   The Starters Election features the top three vote-getters at each position (and the top nine outfielders) in each League based on vote totals from “The Primary,” which ran from May 28th through 4:00 p.m. ET this afternoon.

The Starters Election begins at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, June 26th, with fans voting during a 28-hour window that ends at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, June 27th.  During this second phase of voting, in which fans can vote once on MLB platforms and submit up to 17 unique player votes on Google, vote totals will reset (i.e., vote totals from “The Primary” do not carry over) and the winner at each position (including three outfielders per League) will be named a starting position player for the 2019 Midsummer Classic.  Results of the Starters Election will be announced on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN’s “Google MLB All-Star Election Night.”

In the NL, Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers (3,685,170) edged out Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers (3,646,071) for the most votes across the Majors during “The Primary.”  The pair of 2018 All-Stars and leading candidates for the NL MVP Award are joined in the Starters Election by fellow NL outfielders Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves (2,553,169); 2018 All-Star Nick Markakis of the Braves (1,425,889); three-time All-Star Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies (1,242,552); Albert Almora of the Chicago Cubs (1,071,664); 2010 All-Star Jason Heyward of the Cubs (1,040,260); Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs (997,340); and 2015 All-Star Joc Pederson of the Dodgers (961,515).

Blackmon’s Rockies teammate and four-time All-Star Nolan Arenado (2,483,867) is featured in a star-studded competition at third base in the NL, which also includes two-time All-Star Kris Bryant of the Cubs (1,400,401) and Josh Donaldson of the Braves (1,376,228).  The shortstop candidates joining that trio on the left side of the infield are 2018 All-Star Javier Báez of the Cubs (2,598,426), Dansby Swanson of the Braves (1,719,262) and 2018 All-Star Trevor Story of the Rockies (961,384), who surpassed two-time All-Star Corey Seager of the Dodgers (878,049) in the final days of voting for the third NL shortstop spot.

Across the diamond, 2018 All-Star Ozzie Albies of the Braves (2,190,518) is joined by two-time All-Star Mike Moustakas of the Brewers (1,758,636) and Ketel Marte of the Arizona Diamondbacks (1,102,419) at second base, while three-time All-Star Freddie Freeman of the Braves (2,214,793) competes with Josh Bell of the Pirates (1,831,933) and three-time All-Star Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs (1,545,682) at first base.  Rounding out the NL contenders at catcher is 2018 All-Star Willson Contreras of the Cubs (2,384,622), seven-time All-Star Brian McCann of the Braves (1,762,917) and 2015 All-Star Yasmani Grandal of the Brewers (1,193,352).

In the AL, seven-time All-Star Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels was the League’s leading vote-getter during the initial phase of voting, tallying 3,370,499 total votes.  Trout, who is bidding for an Angels franchise record seventh consecutive fan-elected start, leads the group of nine AL outfield contenders, which also includes: two-time All-Star George Springer of the Houston Astros (2,565,706); three-time All-Star Michael Brantley of the Astros (1,667,430); Austin Meadows of the Tampa Bay Rays (1,344,031); three-time All-Star and reigning AL MVP Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox (1,325,117); Eddie Rosario of the Minnesota Twins (1,172,657); two-time All-Star Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (995,903); Josh Reddick of the Astros (928,606); and Joey Gallo of the Texas Rangers (904,563).  Gallo edged out Twins outfielder Max Kepler (904,425) by just 138 votes for the ninth AL outfield spot to advance to the Starters Election.

A trio of potential first-time All-Stars are among the AL contenders at first base, including Luke Voit of the Yankees (1,205,706), Carlos Santana of the host Cleveland Indians (1,180,719) and C.J. Cron of the Twins (1,045,120).  They are joined on the right side of the infield by second base candidates Tommy La Stella of the Los Angeles Angels (1,713,094), six-time All-Star Jose Altuve of the Astros (1,629,148) and two-time All-Star DJ LeMahieu of the Yankees (1,312,490).

Rounding out the infield are shortstop candidates Jorge Polanco of the Twins (1,450,913), 2017 All-Star Carlos Correa of the Astros (1,115,469) and 2018 All-Star Gleyber Torres of the Yankees (976,163), who held on despite a late surge from three-time All-Star Francisco Lindor of the Indians (962,899).  At third base, 2018 All-Star Alex Bregman of the Astros (2,341,355) is joined by a pair of potential first-time All-Stars in Gio Urshela of the Yankees (857,474) and Hunter Dozier of the Kansas City Royals (746,742).

Behind the plate, 2017 All-Star catcher Gary Sánchez of the Yankees (2,266,469) joins first-time All-Star hopefuls James McCann of the Chicago White Sox (1,085,254) and Robinson Chirinos of the Astros (946,823), while two-time All-Star J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox (1,564,520), three-time All-Star Hunter Pence of the Rangers (1,054,282) and six-time All-Star Nelson Cruz of the Twins (974,788) battle for the right to start at designated hitter.

The 51 players featured in the Starters Election span 17 Major League Clubs, including 10 in the AL and seven in the NL.  In addition, the competition includes nineteen players bidding for their first career All-Star selections.

The AL All-Star Team, which will be managed by Alex Cora of the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the NL All-Star Team, led for a second consecutive year by Dave Roberts of the defending NL Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, will have eight fan-elected starters.  The pitchers and reserves for both squads – totaling 24 for the NL and 23 for the AL – will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the Commissioner’s Office.  The balance of the All-Star rosters will be announced on Sunday, June 30th at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN during the “Google MLB All-Star Selection Show.”

During each phase of voting, the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot is available when fans search in English and Spanish.  The ballot at MLB.com and Club sites also 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 D.R. via LasMayores.com, the official Spanish-language web site of Major League Baseball.

Fans will once again have the opportunity to participate 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 2019 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 Progressive Field (July 9th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 8th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Celebrity Softball Game (July 7th), and PLAY BALL PARK at the Huntington Convention Center (July 5th-9th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city.  The 90th 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 U.S., 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.

2019 AMERICAN LEAGUE PRIMARY BALLOTING RESULTS
(Shaded players indicate those moving on to the Starters Election, where vote totals will reset) 



CATCHERS



FIRST BASEMEN

#

Player

Club

Votes

#

Player

Club

Votes

1.

Gary Sánchez

Yankees

2,266,469

1.

Luke Voit

Yankees

1,205,706

2.

James McCann

White Sox

1,085,254

2.

Carlos Santana

Indians

1,180,719

3.

Robinson Chirinos

Astros

946,823

3.

C.J. Cron

Twins

1,045,120

4.

Jason Castro

Twins

787,480

4.

José Abreu

White Sox

928,324

5.

Christian Vazquez

Red Sox

577,839

5.

Yuli Gurriel

Astros

812,853

6.

Jonathan Lucroy

Angels

467,882

6.

Albert Pujols

Angels

685,773

7.

Roberto Pérez

Indians

455,570

7.

Miguel Cabrera

Tigers

639,738

8.

Josh Phegley

Athletics

234,972

8.

Mitch Moreland

Red Sox

364,659

9.

Martín Maldonado

Royals

211,126

9.

Ji-Man Choi

Rays

270,315

10.

Mike Zunino

Rays

199,387

10.

Edwin Encarnación

Yankees/
Mariners

258,468



SECOND BASEMEN



THIRD BASEMEN

#

Player

Club

Votes

#

Player

Club

Votes

1.

Tommy La Stella

Angels

1,713,094

1.

Alex Bregman

Astros

2,341,355

2.

Jose Altuve

Astros

1,629,148

2.

Gio Urshela

Yankees

857,474

3.

DJ LeMahieu

Yankees

1,312,490

3.

Hunter Dozier

Royals

746,742

4.

Jonathan Schoop

Twins

662,755

4.

Rafael Devers

Red Sox

678,223

5.

Whit Merrifield

Royals

467,728

5.

Marwin Gonzalez

Twins

563,531

6.

Brandon Lowe

Rays

459,875

6.

Yoán Moncada

White Sox

458,325

7.

Michael Chavis

Red Sox

431,185

7.

Matt Chapman

Athletics

432,453

8.

Jason Kipnis

Indians

341,003

8.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Blue Jays

425,608

9.

Dee Gordon

Mariners

200,741

9.

David Fletcher

Angels

348,806

10.

Yolmer Sánchez

White Sox

196,165

10.

José Ramírez

Indians

332,821



SHORTSTOPS



DESIGNATED HITTERS

#

Player

Club

Votes

#

Player

Club

Votes

1.

Jorge Polanco

Twins

1,450,913

1.

J.D. Martinez

Red Sox

1,564,520

2.

Carlos Correa

Astros

1,115,469

2.

Hunter Pence

Rangers

1,054,282

3.

Gleyber Torres

Yankees

976,163

3.

Nelson Cruz

Twins

974,788

4.

Francisco Lindor

Indians

962,899

4.

Shohei Ohtani

Angels

775,030

5.

Xander Bogaerts

Red Sox

884,640

5.

Aledmys Díaz

Astros

647,871

6.

Tim Anderson

White Sox

830,218

6.

Giancarlo Stanton

Yankees

535,250

7.

Andrelton Simmons

Angels

500,130

7.

Avisaíl García

Rays

430,102

8.

Elvis Andrus

Rangers

303,385

8.

Khris Davis

Athletics

408,017

9.

Adalberto Mondesi

Royals

248,836

9.

Daniel Vogelbach

Mariners

374,289

10.

Willy Adames

Rays

200,488

10.

Jordan Luplow

Indians

320,401



OUTFIELDERS

#

Player

Club

Votes

#

Player

Club

Votes

1.

Mike Trout

Angels

3,370,499

11.

Byron Buxton

Twins

768,885

2.

George Springer

Astros

2,565,706

12.

Andrew Benintendi

Red Sox

514,516

3.

Michael Brantley

Astros

1,667,430

13.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Red Sox

469,470

4.

Austin Meadows

Rays

1,344,031

14.

Brett Gardner

Yankees

467,742

5.

Mookie Betts

Red Sox

1,325,117

15.

Trey Mancini

Orioles

459,725

6.

Eddie Rosario

Twins

1,172,657

16.

Aaron Hicks

Yankees

405,495

7.

Aaron Judge

Yankees

995,903

17.

Tommy Pham

Rays

395,680

8.

Josh Reddick

Astros

928,606

18.

Jake Bauers

Indians

348,360

9.

Joey Gallo

Rangers

904,563

19.

Shin-Soo Choo

Rangers

336,403

10.

Max Kepler

Twins

904,425

20.

Kole Calhoun

Angels

321,171

 

2019 NATIONAL LEAGUE PRIMARY BALLOTING RESULTS
(Shaded players indicate those moving on to the Starters Election, where vote totals will reset)



CATCHERS



FIRST BASEMEN

#

Player

Club

Votes

#

Player

Club

Votes

1.

Willson Contreras

Cubs

2,384,622

1.

Freddie Freeman

Braves

2,214,793

2.

Brian McCann

Braves

1,762,917

2.

Josh Bell

Pirates

1,831,933

3.

Yasmani Grandal

Brewers

1,193,352

3.

Anthony Rizzo

Cubs

1,545,682

4.

J.T. Realmuto

Phillies

738,116

4.

Max Muncy

Dodgers

829,213

5.

Yadier Molina

Cardinals

657,207

5.

Pete Alonso

Mets

610,687

6.

Austin Barnes

Dodgers

625,930

6.

Rhys Hoskins

Phillies

436,663

7.

Tony Wolters

Rockies

404,994

7.

Jesús Aguilar

Brewers

423,047

8.

Wilson Ramos

Mets

286,852

8.

Paul Goldschmidt

Cardinals

422,610

9.

Buster Posey

Giants

244,267

9.

Eric Hosmer

Padres

249,216

10.

Yan Gomes

Nationals

187,945

10.

Daniel Murphy

Rockies

240,430



SECOND BASEMEN



THIRD BASEMEN

#

Player

Club

Votes

#

Player

Club

Votes

1.

Ozzie Albies

Braves

2,190,518

1.

Nolan Arenado

Rockies

2,483,867

2.

Mike Moustakas

Brewers

1,758,636

2.

Kris Bryant

Cubs

1,400,401

3.

Ketel Marte

D-backs

1,102,419

3.

Josh Donaldson

Braves

1,376,228

4.

Kiké Hernández

Dodgers

809,446

4.

Justin Turner

Dodgers

920,376

5.

Daniel Descalso

Cubs

681,053

5.

Anthony Rendon

Nationals

714,951

6.

César Hernández

Phillies

598,444

6.

Eduardo Escobar

D-backs

364,095

7.

Robinson Canó

Mets

315,451

7.

Travis Shaw

Brewers

348,664

8.

Kolten Wong

Cardinals

300,754

8.

Manny Machado

Padres

342,100

9.

Brian Dozier

Nationals

282,521

9.

Maikel Franco

Phillies

255,600

10.

Ryan McMahon

Rockies

230,729

10.

Matt Carpenter

Cardinals

255,345



SHORTSTOPS

#

Player

Club

Votes

 

 

 

 

1.

Javier Báez

Cubs

2,598,426

 

 

 

 

2.

Dansby Swanson

Braves

1,719,262

 

 

 

 

3.

Trevor Story

Rockies

961,384

 

 

 

 

4.

Corey Seager

Dodgers

878,049

5.

Orlando Arcia

Brewers

529,248

6.

Fernando Tatis Jr.

Padres

517,803

7.

Jean Segura

Phillies

471,236

8.

Paul DeJong

Cardinals

363,506

9.

Trea Turner

Nationals

277,018

10.

José Iglesias

Reds

219,459

 

 



OUTFIELDERS

#

Player

Club

Votes

#

Player

Club

Votes

1.

Cody Bellinger

Dodgers

3,685,170

11.

Alex Verdugo

Dodgers

780,957

2.

Christian Yelich

Brewers

3,646,071

12.

Ender Inciarte

Braves

726,910

3.

Ronald Acuña Jr.

Braves

2,553,169

13.

Lorenzo Cain

Brewers

600,727

4.

Nick Markakis

Braves

1,425,889

14.

Ryan Braun

Brewers

501,143

5.

Charlie Blackmon

Rockies

1,242,552

15.

Scott Kingery

Phillies

482,068

6.

Albert Almora

Cubs

1,071,664

16.

Juan Soto

Nationals

476,445

7.

Jason Heyward

Cubs

1,040,260

17.

Marcell Ozuna

Cardinals

468,513

8.

Kyle Schwarber

Cubs

997,340

18.

Melky Cabrera

Pirates

425,337

9.

Joc Pederson

Dodgers

961,515

19.

David Dahl

Rockies

391,729

10.

Bryce Harper

Phillies

830,422

20.

Jeff McNeil

Mets

374,778

 



ALL-STAR BALLOTING ANNOUNCEMENT SCHEDULE

Date

Announcement Details

Wednesday, June 26th

28-hour Starters Election Begins at 12:00 p.m. ET

Thursday, June 27th

Starters Election Concludes at 4:00 p.m. ET;

Starters for 2019 All-Star Game announced at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN

Sunday, June 30th

Remainder of All-Star rosters announced at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN


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