NEW YORK -- The one constant of the Mets' season has been Asdrubal Cabrera. While others have faltered, slumped, landed on the disabled list or otherwise fallen short of expectations, Cabrera has started nearly every one of the Mets' games this season, floating among the National League leaders in batting
NEW YORK -- The one constant of the Mets' season has been Asdrubal Cabrera. While others have faltered, slumped, landed on the disabled list or otherwise fallen short of expectations, Cabrera has started nearly every one of the Mets' games this season, floating among the National League leaders in batting average and OPS for much of it.
• VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot
At age 32, Cabrera has put himself in his best position in years to make the NL All-Star team -- a quest that officially began Friday, when MLB released its 2018 All-Star ballot. A two-time All-Star who last appeared in the Midsummer Classic in '12, Cabrera leads a class of Mets that also includes injured teammates Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier.
Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday, July 5, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.
Following the announcement of this year's All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league's roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 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 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
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One notable omission from the All-Star ballot is outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who only began starting games regularly when Cespedes hit the DL. Despite posting on-base and slugging percentages comparable to those of the game's elite hitters, Nimmo's relatively low number of plate appearances and irregular role kept him off the ballot. Instead, Cespedes, Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto are representing the Mets' outfield. (Nimmo is eligible as a write-in vote.)
In addition to those three, Cabrera and Frazier, shortstop Amed Rosario, catcher Devin Mesoraco and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez are on the ballot. Statistically speaking, none of them have a resume as strong as Cabrera, who returned to the Mets this year on an $8.25 million contract option. He has made good on that and then some, leading qualified Mets hitters in batting average, slugging, doubles, home runs, runs scored and RBIs.
If Cabrera makes the Midsummer Classic, he isn't likely to be the Mets' only All-Star. The team's most deserving candidate, right-hander Jacob deGrom, is not one fans can elect into the game, as pitchers are not included in the fan vote.
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.