It's that time of year: Ballots can now be cast to determine the starting lineups for this year's MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard. The 2017 Midsummer Classic will be held in Miami on July 11.Fellow Angels joining five-time All-Star and two-time American League Most Valuable Player Award winner Michael
It's that time of year: Ballots can now be cast to determine the starting lineups for this year's MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard. The 2017 Midsummer Classic will be held in Miami on July 11.
Fellow Angels joining five-time All-Star and two-time American League Most Valuable Player Award winner Michael Trout on this year's Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot are catcher Martin Maldonado, first baseman Luis Valbuena, shortstop Andrelton Simmons, second baseman Danny Espinosa, third baseman Yunel Escobar, designated hitter Jose Pujols and outfielders Kole Calhoun and Cameron Maybin.
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Trout has earned an All-Star nod in each of his first five full seasons in the Majors, and he appears on track for a sixth appearance after hitting .364 with seven home runs, 18 RBIs and five stolen bases through the Halos' first 27 games. The 25-year-old center fielder was the Angels' lone All-Star Game representative last year and captured MVP honors at the event in 2014 and '15.
Pujols racked up 10 All-Star Game appearances over his first 16 seasons in the Majors, though his last selection came in 2015. The 37-year-old slugger got off to a slow start for the Angels but has heated up over the last week. He entered Monday with 22 RBIs, third most in the AL.
Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 29, at 8:59 p.m. PT. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.
Following the announcement of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
The 88th Midsummer Classic, at Marlins Park in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM will have comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.
Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.