VOTE NOW, AL DH: Cruz, Martinez, Pence

June 27th, 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. Winners will be announced tonight at 7 ET on ESPN.

  1. (Rangers): 46.8%
  2. (Red Sox): 31.4%
  3. (Twins): 21.8%

Learn more about the AL All-Star candidates at designated hitter:

Nelson Cruz (MIN): 6-time All-Star (2 starts)
Cruz is bidding for his third straight All-Star appearance and sixth in the last seven seasons. He’s missed some time this year, but he’s putting up a slugging percentage over .500 for the seventh year in a row. Cruz is one of just three players to start at DH multiple times for the AL, ranking behind only David Ortiz (five) and Edgar Martinez (four).

(BOS): 2-time All-Star (1 start)
Martinez is bidding to be the first player to start back-to-back All-Star Games at DH for the AL since Nelson Cruz in 2014 and ‘15. While his numbers are down a bit from ‘18, he is still slugging well over .500 and is closing in on 20 homers as he tries to crack 40 for the third straight year.

(TEX): 3-time All-Star (0 starts)
Pence has been making a very strong play for Comeback Player of the Year, although he is currently on the injured list with a groin strain. He is slashing .294/.353/.608 -- giving him the highest slugging percentage of his 13-year career. Pence’s 15 homers already are his most since 2014, the last time he was an All-Star.

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