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Santana, Lindor need All-Star voting push

@MandyBell02
June 10, 2019

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. CLEVELAND -- Indians first baseman Carlos Santana is within reach of advancing to the next round of All-Star voting, putting him

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.

CLEVELAND -- Indians first baseman Carlos Santana is within reach of advancing to the next round of All-Star voting, putting him a step closer to starting in front of a home crowd at Progressive Field in what would be his first All-Star Game.

With 11 days remaining in “The Primary” round, Santana is sitting in fourth place among first basemen, behind the Yankees’ Luke Voit, the Twins’ C.J. Cron and the White Sox Jose Abreu. Only the top three players will advance to “The Starters Election.”

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Currently in his 10th big league season, Santana is looking to secure his first All-Star Game selection. As the Indians got off to a slow start to the season, Santana has been the one consistent presence in the team’s lineup, leading the club in home runs, RBIs and OPS as of mid-June.

Looking to join Santana to move on to the next round of voting are shortstop Francisco Lindor, catcher Roberto Perez and second baseman Jason Kipnis, all of whom placed in the top 10 of their respective positions.

Lindor, one of three ambassadors of this year’s All-Star Game (joining Jim Thome and Sandy Alomar Jr.), is currently in sixth place. Lindor appeared in the last three Midsummer Classics but is looking to make his first All-Star start in his home city. As of now, the Twins’ Jorge Polanco, Astros’ Carlos Correa and Yankees’ Gleyber Torres would secure the first three spots. White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and Boston’s Xander Bogaerts are also ahead of the Tribe’s shortstop.

After missing all of Spring Training and much of the first month of the regular season, Lindor is on pace to match or top career bests in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging.

Perez and Kipnis are in 10th place in the catcher and second basemen standings, respectively. This will likely be Kipnis’ last chance to represent the Indians at an All-Star Game, as the 32-year-old is in the final year of his contract with Cleveland. He looks to become a three-time All-Star at the ballpark he’s called home for all nine years of his big league career.

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 4 p.m. ET on Friday, June 21.

The top three vote-getters at each position (including nine outfielders) per league will move on to "The Starters Election," which begins at noon ET on Wednesday, June 26. The votes will reset for a 28-hour voting window that ends at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 27. Starters for the 2019 Midsummer Classic will be unveiled on ESPN that night at 7 ET. The pitchers and reserves will be announced on Sunday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. ET.

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.

Mandy Bell covers the Indians for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MandyBell02.