Keep Trout in lead before All-Star voting ends
With balloting over Thursday, Angels OF tops position; Pujols fifth at 1B
ANAHEIM -- You can pretty much pencil Mike Trout's name into the American League's All-Star Game starting lineup, again -- via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.
The Angels' superstar center fielder maintained his standing as the leading vote-getter among AL outfielders when the last ballot update was unveiled Monday, six days before All-Star Game starters are announced. Trout had 11,461,212 votes, more than a million more than Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain and nearly three million more than Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, who remains in third place.
Trout, 23, is poised to make his fourth trip to the Midsummer Classic in as many full seasons in the Major Leagues and would join Reggie Jackson (1982-84), Rod Carew (1979-84) and Vladimir Guerrero (2005-07) as the only Angels players to start three straight All-Star Games.
"It's always fun," Trout said. "It's a good experience for everyone; not just me, but everyone."
Trout's teammate, Albert Pujols, remained fifth among first basemen with 1,892,027 votes -- nearly 10 million shy of the leader, Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera. Eric Hosmer of the Royals, Prince Fielder of the Tigers and Justin Smoak of the Blue Jays are also ahead of Pujols, who leads the AL with 23 homers and seeks his first trip to the All-Star Game since 2010.
Pujols can also be selected by his peers or Ned Yost, the Royals' skipper who will serve as the AL manager this year.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday at 8:59 p.m. PT. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.
Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada), or by texting VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply, and up to five messages are allowed. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel and HELP for info.
The 2015 All-Star starters will be unveiled on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. PT on the Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show on ESPN. Then on Monday at 4 p.m. PT, 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 1 p.m. PT. 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.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of All-Star Week festivities.
The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.