KANSAS CITY -- Justin Smoak has done a lot to help the Blue Jays this season and the organization is responding by doing whatever it can to help the first baseman get to Miami as an American League All-Star.With just under a week remaining for online voting, the Blue Jays
KANSAS CITY -- Justin Smoak has done a lot to help the Blue Jays this season and the organization is responding by doing whatever it can to help the first baseman get to Miami as an American League All-Star.
With just under a week remaining for online voting, the Blue Jays are reaching out to fans by asking them to #SmoakTheVote. Smoak ranked fourth in voting in the most recent update (787,787) among AL first basemen. Eric Hosmer of the Royals was the leader (936,734).
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Smoak didn't start in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Royals because manager John Gibbons wants to make sure Smoak gets ample rest along the way in what has been a breakout season. But Smoak entered in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement and delivered an RBI single in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Smoak is hitting .306 with 20 homers, 48 RBIs and a .967 OPS.
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 11:59 p.m. ET. 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.
Fans can also join the conversation by using #SmoakTheVote on Twitter and Instagram.
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.
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Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City.