NEW YORK -- With three days remaining to tally votes for the 2018 All-Star Game, Aaron Judge's starting place in the American League outfield appears to be secure, while several of his Yankees teammates would need a strong push to crack the starting lineup for the July 17 contest at
NEW YORK -- With three days remaining to tally votes for the 2018 All-Star Game, Aaron Judge's starting place in the American League outfield appears to be secure, while several of his Yankees teammates would need a strong push to crack the starting lineup for the July 17 contest at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
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Judge ranks third among AL outfielders with 2,021,348 votes, trailing Mookie Betts of the Red Sox (3,119,106) and Michael Trout of the Angels (2,666,972). The reigning AL Rookie of the Year has enjoyed a consistent campaign, entering play on Monday batting .279/.396/.565 with a team-leading 22 home runs and 55 RBIs, numbers he increased with a solo homer in the first inning off Atlanta starter Anibal Sanchez.
"There's still room for improvement, just all around," Judge said. "Guys on base, we can do a better job of driving guys in. We're doing well so far, but there's always room for improvement."
Gary Sanchez ranks second among AL catchers with 1,116,568 votes, though a right groin strain is expected to sideline him through the Midsummer Classic. Wilson Ramos of the Rays (1,556,195) appears headed for his first All-Star appearance.
Standout rookies Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar continue to earn recognition on the ballot. Torres' 997,724 votes at second base significantly trail the AL's reigning Most Valuable Player, Jose Altuve of the Astros (3,405,815).
Andujar's 963,641 votes rate third among AL third basemen, behind Jose Ramirez (1,811,902) of the Indians and Alex Bregman (1,050,370) of the Astros. Giancarlo Stanton placed second among AL designated hitters with 977,274 votes, trailing J.D. Martinez (2,236,945) of the Red Sox.
At shortstop, Didi Gregorius (824,710) dropped to fourth behind Manny Machado (1,272,233) of the Orioles, Carlos Correa (1,135,152) of the Astros and Francisco Lindor (898,977) of the Indians. In the outfield, Brett Gardner dropped to 11th with 636,087 votes and Aaron Hicks placed 13th with 483,574 votes.
Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.
Following the announcement of this year's All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league's roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., 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 of the All-Star Game. 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.
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.