Chapman in need of a push in ASG balloting 

June 18th, 2019

OAKLAND -- Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search.

continues to improve at the plate in what is looking like a breakout year on offense, but the Gold Glove third baseman’s All-Star chances are taking a hit.

Chapman was one of three A’s in the top 10 at their positions to fall in the latest Google MLB All-Star Ballot voting results. Chapman fell from fifth to seventh, while catcher Josh Phegley dropped to seventh and designated hitter Khris Davis to eighth.

Chapman is off to a great start and is second among American League third basemen with 16 home runs, while slashing .257/.344/.507 with 37 RBIs in just his second full big league season.

Fans may vote in "The Primary" at MLB.com and all 30 club sites, the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark apps up to five times in any 24-hour period. Fans in the US and Canada can also vote on Google Search for every position, or up to 17 unique players per day, by searching "MLB Vote" or the names of their favorite players. Primary voting ends at 1 p.m. PT on Friday.

The top three vote-getters at each position (including nine outfielders) per league will move on to "The Starters Election," which begins at 9 a.m. PT on Wednesday, June 26. The votes will reset for a 28-hour voting window that ends at 1 p.m. PT on Thursday, June 27. Starters for the 2019 Midsummer Classic will be unveiled on ESPN that night at 4 PT. The pitchers and reserves will be announced on Sunday, June 30, at 2:30 p.m. PT.

Then on Tuesday, July 9, during the 2019 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, fans may visit MLB.com and the 30 club sites to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet.

The 90th Midsummer Classic, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, 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. 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 AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Pitch, Hit & Run

Major League Baseball and the A’s hosted the annual Pitch, Hit & Run competition at the Coliseum on Sunday and honored several youngsters who won their respective divisions.

Pitch, Hit & Run is MLB's official youth skills competition. The top 12 baseball and top 12 softball qualifiers from California and Nevada competed at the Coliseum with hopes of advancing to the National Finals during 2019 MLB All-Star Week in Cleveland.

The winners:

The 7- and 8-year-old Softball Division: Abrielle Franco from Fresno, Calif.

The 7- and 8-year-old Baseball Division: Levi Lamb from Reno, Nev.

The 9- and 10-year-old Softball Division: Savannah Quayle from Rocklin, Calif.

The 9- and 10-year-old Baseball Division: Max Jacobsen from Sacramento, Calif.

The 11- and 12-year-old Softball Division: Selena Wall from Fresno, Calif.

The 11- and 12-year-old Baseball Division: Landon Clenney from Oakley, Calif.

The 13- and 14-year-old Softball Division: Ashlee White from Yuba City, Calif.

The 13- and 14-year-old Baseball Division: Sebastian Gonzalez from Oakley, Calif.

Cotton update

Jharel Cotton took part in running drills at the Coliseum before Monday’s game against the Orioles, the first time the right-handed pitcher has done so since undergoing right hamstring surgery on June 6. Cotton will throw a bullpen session on Saturday, and the A’s expect him to return at some point this season in a bullpen role as they look to ease him back from Tommy John surgery.