Jose Altuve may have entered play on Monday leading the Major Leagues in hits with 78 and the American League in stolen bases with 20, but he needs help in All-Star voting.
The second round of AL balloting totals for this summer's All-Star Game was released on Monday; no Astros player made the list as a leading vote-getter at his respective position.
Astros fans hoping to see Altuve at Target Field in Minneapolis will have to vote him past the current AL contenders to start at second base, including Robinson Cano of the Mariners (726,158 votes), Ian Kinsler of the Tigers (649,926), Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox (540,515), Brian Dozier of the Twins (360,089) and Howie Kendrick of the Angels (247,353).
Altuve's batting average of .318 entering Monday was second among AL second basemen, trailing only Cano's average of .327. Altuve's on-base percentage of .360 was third, and his .429 slugging percentage was second.
Although he doesn't currently rank among the top 15 outfielders in AL voting, rookie George Springer deserves consideration on the strength of a 10-homer May, his first full month in the Majors.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Mike Vernon is an associate reporter for MLB.com.