NEW YORK -- Yankees phenom Aaron Judge remains the American League's leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game, to be played on July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, but a few of his teammates could use a boost if they are to join the rookie slugger at the Midsummer Classic.Judge
NEW YORK -- Yankees phenom Aaron Judge remains the American League's leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game, to be played on July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, but a few of his teammates could use a boost if they are to join the rookie slugger at the Midsummer Classic.
Judge has tallied 2,631,284 votes through the fourth checkpoint, as announced on Tuesday by Major League Baseball, and is closing the gap on the Nationals' Bryce Harper (2,827,330) for the highest vote total overall. Judge leads the Majors with 23 home runs and paces the AL with a .335 batting average entering play on Tuesday.
Joe DiMaggio (1936) and Hideki Matsui (2003) are the only previous Yankees rookies to start a Midsummer Classic. Judge has also been invited to take part in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, something that he has expressed interest in, but he said on Tuesday that he has not committed to participating.
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"I haven't decided yet," Judge said. "I'll think about it for a while. We'll see what we do. I just honestly haven't thought about it. I'm more focused on what I can do for the team right now."
Second baseman Starlin Castro (1,450,472) held a lead at the first checkpoint, but he was overtaken by Jose Altuve (2,185,035) of the Astros in the second week and continues to rank second at his position.
Designated hitter Matthew Holliday (927,247) -- a seven-time All-Star -- remains second to the Mariners' Nelson Cruz (1,118,873) among AL DHs.
Other Yankees with notable showings are Didi Gregorius (871,601, third among AL shortstops), Gary Sanchez (1,045,471, third among AL catchers and trailing former teammate Brian McCann by less than 6,000 votes), and Brett Gardner (760,869, eighth among AL outfielders).
Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 29, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.
Following the announcement of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 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 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
The 88th Midsummer Classic, at Marlins Park in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM will have comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.