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YORK -- Here's another example of how impressive David Wright has been: the Mets third baseman entered Wednesday's play in a 1-for-18 funk dating back to May 24, mired in one of his worst offensive stretches in recent memory. And yet Wright was still leading the Majors with a .470 on-base percentage, while ranking third with a .370 batting average.
It is that kind of production that has placed Wright amongst the leading candidates to start at third base for the National League All-Star team. Wright has consequently become a popular topic of conversation on MLB.com's new Tweet the Vote page, which tracks and aggregates All-Star-related tweets.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll, and will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm 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 9.
The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 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 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.
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 2012 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 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10, with MLB.com offering extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 83rd 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 Sirius XM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.
In addition to Wright, the Mets have another legitimate All-Star candidate in second baseman Daniel Murphy, who has likewise been slumping after a hot start at the plate. But Murphy's .296 average still ranks second amongst qualified NL second basemen, with his .350 on-base percentage fourth.
Also on the ballot for the Mets are first baseman Ike Davis, shortstop Ruben Tejada, catcher Josh Thole, and outfielders Jason Bay, Andres Torres and Lucas Duda. Though fans cannot vote on pitchers, Johan Santana, R.A. Dickey and Tim Byrdak may also garner consideration for the team.