CHICAGO -- The Indians' headline-grabbing offseason began with a move that mostly flew under the radar. Cleveland signed Mark Reynolds to a one-year contract in December as one of the first transactions aimed at overhauling the offense.
Reynolds has joked that the rest of the Tribe's winter acquisitions -- first baseman Nick Swisher and center fielder Michael Bourn, among others -- simply followed him to Cleveland. Through the season's first month, the Indians' slugging designated hitter has continued to lead the way.
"He's been huge," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Reynolds.
On Wednesday, Major League Baseball unveiled this summer's All-Star ballot, which includes all nine members of Cleveland's revamped Opening Day lineup. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, Swisher and Bourn are among the former All-Stars on the list. Reynolds is among those playing like an All-Star in the early portion of the season.
Through his first 17 games, Reynolds was hitting .283 with seven home runs, 18 RBIs and a 1.071 OPS. The DH -- a part-time first baseman and third baseman, as well -- ranks among baseball's leaders in homers, extra-base hits, RBIs and OPS.
So far, signing Reynolds to a one-year contract worth $6 million has looked like a steal for the Tribe.
"You want guys just to take a lot of good swings," Francona said. "We get so caught up in results, and I get it -- guys want hits. But if you take a lot of good swings, you're going to get hits. In Reynolds' case, he hits home runs, which is even better.
"His batting average is not the most important statistic, but he just continues to take a lot of good swings. There's some misses, but there's also some he hits a long way. And the timing of [his hits] has been even more impressive, in my opinion. It's been when the game has been on the line."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, July 4, at 11:59 p.m. ET. In-stadium balloting at Progressive Field in Cleveland will begin on Tuesday and run through June 18.
Fans may submit twenty-five (25) online ballots during the voting period, but can also earn a one-time bonus of ten (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, visit www.mlb.com and register in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans can also once again participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league whom they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2013 Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- 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 15.
The 2013 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on July 7 on the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by freecreditscore.com on MLB.com.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again 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 will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
The 2013 All-Star Game will be played at the Mets' Citi Field on July 16. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 84th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, 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 also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Joining new Tribesmen Reynolds, Swisher and Bourn on the All-Star ballot are Cabrera, second baseman Jason Kipnis, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, catcher Carlos Santana, left fielder Michael Brantley and right fielder Drew Stubbs.
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