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VOTE NOW, AL C: Chirinos, McCann, Sanchez

June 27, 2019

With less than an hour to go as the 4 p.m. ET deadline nears, many races are still too close to call. Your votes will have a huge impact, as most position battles have yet to be decided. Here's a look at who's leading as of 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday.

With less than an hour to go as the 4 p.m. ET deadline nears, many races are still too close to call. Your votes will have a huge impact, as most position battles have yet to be decided.

Here's a look at who's leading as of 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday. Winners will be announced tonight at 7 ET on ESPN.

1) Gary Sánchez (Yankees): 47.4%
2) James McCann (White Sox): 33.2%
3) Robinson Chirinos (Astros): 19.3%

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Robinson Chirinos (HOU): Has not been named to an All-Star team
After starting his career with the Rays in 2011, then playing six seasons with the Rangers, Chirinos is having a strong year in his first season in Houston and could become the first Astros catcher to start an All-Star Game. Chirinos is already more than halfway to his career-high home run total of 18 from last season, and he’s challenging his career-high OPS of .866 set in 2017.

James McCann (CWS): Has not been named to an All-Star team
In his first year in Chicago, McCann is hitting nearly 100 points above his career average of .240 entering 2019. Behind the plate, he’s guided young White Sox young ace Lucas Giolito to a breakout season, catching the majority of Giolito’s starts. The only White Sox catcher to start the All-Star Game is Carlton Fisk, who did so in 1981, ‘82 and ‘85.

Gary Sánchez (NYY): 1-time All-Star (0 starts)
Sanchez already has more home runs in 2019 than he did all of last season, and he is well on his way to matching his career high of 33. He’s been crushing the ball and ranks among the league leaders in homers with 110-plus mph exit velocities, as well as barrel rate. He could become the first Yankees catcher to start an All-Star Game since Jorge Posada in 2003.

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