HOUSTON -- It's been three years since the Mariners had a position player selected for the American League All-Star team, but Kyle Seager could make a strong case for consideration this year as one of the game's up-and-coming young third basemen.
Seager is one of nine Mariners on the 2013 American League All-Star ballot that was released on Wednesday, and while he's not yet a big national name, he's certainly building a worthy resume.
Seager led the Mariners with 20 home runs, 35 doubles and 86 RBIs last year in his first full season in the Majors. And after a slow start this season, he's been on a tear the last two weeks, taking the Major League lead with 10 doubles and going on a 13-game hitting streak that raised his average from .147 to .284 through Wednesday's action.
"He's always been a hitter and always been very confident up there," said Mariners manager Eric Wedge. "He's a good evaluator of himself. The fact he really studies and knows his swing and has the discipline to understand that, that's the key. That's why he's been able to adjust a little quicker than some of our other young hitters."
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.
Mariners fans can also vote in person at Safeco Field from April 25 through June 12.
Fans may submit 25 online ballots during the voting period, but 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, 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 who 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 Sunday, 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 Citi Field in New York on Tuesday, 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.
The Mariners have only had pitchers named to the All-Star Game the past two years since Ichiro Suzuki's final selection in 2010.
Seattle has two better-known names added to the ballot this year with new additions Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales. Morse, acquired by trade from the Nationals, is one of three Mariners outfielders on the ballot, but the other two -- Michael Saunders and Franklin Gutierrez -- have missed significant time already with injuries.
Morales is listed at designated hitter, where he's spent most of his time this season since being acquired from the Angels.
Also on the ballot are catcher Jesus Montero, first baseman Justin Smoak, second baseman Dustin Ackley and shortstop Brendan Ryan. None of Seattle's nine players on the ballot has ever made an All-Star team.
Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog.