A's trio in running for All-Star appearance
The first American League All-Star ballot update was released on Monday, with a trio of A's players among those represented in the top votes.
With 523,743 votes, Jed Lowrie came in at fourth among shortstops, behind Texas' Elvis Andrus, Baltimore's J.J. Hardy and Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers. Peralta has picked up 540,581 votes, while Hardy and Andrus have each garnered more than 700,000.
Outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp tallied nearly the same number of votes, the former getting 395,475 and the latter coming in at 392,202. But the spread between their standing and the top is vast, as top outfield vote-getter Mike Trout of the Angels drew in nearly 1.2 million votes.
"Maybe we get a little bit more of a spotlight based on what they did last year, but it is nice to see some of these guys get rewarded for what is a very good performance," manager Bob Melvin said. "Jed's had a very consistent year for us at short, so I'm glad his name does show up there, and certainly what Yoenis and Coco mean to us is maybe not as well-known as we feel it here in this clubhouse."
Notably missing from this first ballot update was Josh Donaldson's name. The A's third baseman surely boasts the numbers to earn his first All-Star nod, as he entered Monday ranking third among all AL third basemen with a .319 average. His .920 OPS was second only to Miguel Cabrera's 1.110. Cabrera leads all AL vote-getters with 1,500,165.
"Josh Donaldson is having a heckuva year at third base," Melvin said, "but there are a lot of guys who are having good years at that position, too."
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And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
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