NEW YORK -- Always a fan favorite in All-Star voting, Mets third baseman David Wright absorbed a shock last year when, despite an MVP-caliber first half, he lost the National League starting assignment to Pablo Sandoval of the Giants.
Wright does not want that to happen again in his home park in 2013.
With this year's Midsummer Classic at Citi Field, Wright is a leading candidate on the NL All-Star Game ballot, launched Wednesday. Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via their mobile devices -- using the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, July 4, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
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, and 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 NL 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 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.
If the first three weeks of the season are any indication, Wright may not be the only Mets player in contention for an All-Star nod at Citi Field. Catcher John Buck has opened eyes with his strong April, ranking among the league leaders in home runs and RBIs throughout the month. Outfielder Lucas Duda, who has displayed both patience and power at the plate this April, is also on the ballot.
Rounding out balloting for the Mets are first baseman Ike Davis, second baseman Daniel Murphy, shortstop Ruben Tejada, and outfielders Mike Baxter and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
But national fans are most familiar with Wright, a six-time All-Star who was in line for his fifth career start last summer before Sandoval upended him with a late voting push. Wright is once again off to a hot April, and has extra incentive to start this year's game in his home park.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo.