CLEVELAND -- The Rangers entered Tuesday in first place in the American League West, but they are being shut out in the Esurance MLB All-Star Game ballot voting.That could and should change for third baseman Adrian Beltre, but right now the Rangers don't have a player in the top five
CLEVELAND -- The Rangers entered Tuesday in first place in the American League West, but they are being shut out in the Esurance MLB All-Star Game ballot voting.
That could and should change for third baseman Adrian Beltre, but right now the Rangers don't have a player in the top five at their position -- or top 15 in the outfield -- according to the first All-Star ballot update released on Tuesday.
Beltre remains one of the top third basemen in the game and entered Tuesday hitting .270 with nine home runs, 34 RBIs and a .471 slugging percentage. He is also the highest-rated defensive third baseman in the American League, according to fangraphs.com.
One problem for the Rangers is possibly their most deserving player is not on the ballot and would be a write-in campaign. Rookie outfielder Nomar Mazara went into Tuesday's game vs. the Indians hitting .309 with nine home runs, 34 RBIs and a .492 slugging percentage.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 times.
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Following the announcement of the 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
The 87th All-Star Game, in San Diego, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.