SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' delegation bound for Washington to participate in the July 17 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard comes from different constituencies, so to speak.Brandon Crawford was a landslide winner in fan voting for the National League shortstop spot. It'll be his second All-Star selection and his first
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' delegation bound for Washington to participate in the July 17 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard comes from different constituencies, so to speak.
Brandon Crawford was a landslide winner in fan voting for the National League shortstop spot. It'll be his second All-Star selection and his first start, having been chosen as a reserve in 2015.
"I went before as a reserve and that was awesome, but to make the starting lineup will be more special," said Crawford, who received 3,212,103 votes to 1,805,856 for second-place finisher Addison Russell of the Cubs. "Whenever you get that much fan support, it's definitely special."
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Chased down by Chicago's Willson Contreras in the fan balloting, catcher Buster Posey nevertheless earned his sixth All-Star selection by winning the players' vote at his position.
"I didn't know which way it was going to go," said Posey, who finished with 1,918,966 votes to 2,172,682 for Contreras. Posey called his selection by the players a "huge honor."
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Crawford, 31, was a hands-down choice for the Midsummer Classic. He compiled a 1.064 OPS in May and a 1.009 OPS in June, making him the first Giant to record a 1.000-plus OPS in back-to-back months since Posey did so in July-August 2012.
Though this hasn't been Posey's most prolific offensive season, he entered Sunday batting a healthy .327 (17-for-52) with runners in scoring position. According to Baseball Info Solutions, Posey led the Giants with six defensive runs saved in June, reflecting his constant focus upon mastering his position.
Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.