Simmons needs more All-Star love
ATLANTA -- Andrelton Simmons has positioned himself to win a third consecutive Gold Glove and prove that he does have the ability to provide some offensive consistency. But the Braves shortstop has not received much love from those who have cast votes on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. Like the rest of his Braves teammates, Simmons was not listed among the top five at his position when the latest All-Star ballot update was released on Monday afternoon.
Simmons ranks among the top five National League shortstops in batting average (.271), on-base percentage (.329) and OPS (.697). He also leads this group with 11 Defensive Runs Saved. Dating back to the start of the 2013 season, Simmons has been credited with a Major League-best 80 DRS. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado ranks second during this span with 61.
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The 2015 All-Star starters will be unveiled on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET on the Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show on ESPN. Then on Monday at 7 p.m. ET, the All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates will be announced on the Esurance All-Star Selection Show on ESPN, immediately after which fans can return to MLB.com to begin casting their 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Votes for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. Final Vote ends Friday, July 10, at 4 p.m. ET. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game 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 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
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