Brewers' worthy candidates need All-Star support
Segura, Gomez and Braun in the mix for starting spots; voting ends on July 4
MILWAUKEE -- Despite a disappointing start to the Brewers' season, it is not hard to find a silver lining.
That's because they have two, standing at shortstop and in center field.
The year has been a coming out party for Jean Segura and Carlos Gomez, and with the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York just around the corner, both try to make the roster for the first time.
When the latest round of the balloting results were announced Sunday, their names stood exactly where they did a week ago -- Segura's third among National League shortstops and Gomez's 11th among outfielders.
Ryan Braun dropped a spot to fifth in the outfield race after missing time on the disabled list with a right hand injury. Jonathan Lucroy remained fourth among catchers, and Aramis Ramirez is fifth among third basemen.
Segura, who is the only player in Major League Baseball with at least 10 home runs and 20 stolen bases, probably has the best chance to start, due to Troy Tulowitzki's rib injury.
Tulowitzki has 3,104,285 votes, nearly 1.5 million more than Brandon Crawford (1,757,255) and Segura (1,625,753). But the Rockies' shortstop sustained a broken right rib diving for a grounder on June 13 and is out another three to five weeks, leaving his status unlikely for the All-Star Game.
If Tulowitzki is voted to start but is unable to play, the nod would go to the top vote-getter on the players' ballot. In the same scenario last year, Braun cracked the NL's starting lineup after an injury to Dodgers star Matt Kemp.
If it were up to Lucroy, Segura and Gomez would each be in the Midsummer Classic.
"They both have a lot of tools and they both have really put it together," Lucroy said. "I think they both deserve to be in the All-Star game.
"Hopefully they make it. And if they continue to play like this, it'll give us more chances to win down the road."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke agreed with Lucroy's sentiment but has a split decision on how each All-Star Game roster is decided.
"I like that the fans are involved in the voting, but I also don't like it because it's not fair," Roenicke said. "They vote for favorites, which is great, and you want to see your Derek Jeters in the All-Star Game, and guys like that. I understand that. But sometimes there are guys in that shouldn't be in it.
"If [Segura] is not in the All-Star Game this year, people aren't watching," added Roenicke with a chuckle.
Gomez left Sunday's game against the Braves with what the Brewers called a left shoulder sprain after colliding awkwardly with the center-field wall in the fourth inning.
Roenicke said after the game that X-rays showed nothing significant and it "could be a couple days, it could be a week" until his center fielder returns. Gomez is day to day and the team does not feel an MRI is necessary.
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Fans can also once again participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league whom they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2013 Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, July 15.
Though originally scheduled for July 7, the 2013 rosters will now be unveiled Saturday, July 6, at 5:30 p.m. CT on the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell. The show will be televised nationally on FOX.
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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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Segura is among the NL leaders in several offensive categories. Entering Sunday, Segura ranked first in hits (97), tied for first in triples (eight), tied for second in stolen bases (22) and third in batting average (.334) while also hitting 11 home runs.
Gomez is tied with Segura with eight triples, he ranks third in extra-base hits (38) and seventh in stolen bases (14) while hitting .314 with 12 home runs.
NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTING
(as of June 23)
Joey Votto, Reds 2,677,813
Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks 2,270,886
Allen Craig, Cardinals 1,801,138
Brandon Belt, Giants 1,323,511
Freddie Freeman, Braves 1,181,657
Brandon Phillips, Reds 2,597,742
Marco Scutaro, Giants 2,272,484
Matt Carpenter, Cardinals 2,251,248
Chase Utley, Phillies 1,136,890
Daniel Murphy, Mets 1,088,224
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies 3,104,285
Brandon Crawford, Giants 1,757,255
Jean Segura, Brewers 1,625,753
Pete Kozma, Cardinals 1,354,974
Andrelton Simmons, Braves 965,016
David Wright, Mets 2,917,819
Pablo Sandoval, Giants 2,788,988
David Freese, Cardinals 1,728,322
Chris Johnson, Braves 1,008,552
Aramis Ramirez, Brewers 881,559
Yadier Molina, Cardinals 3,596,858
Buster Posey, Giants 3,506,402
John Buck, Mets 1,087,519
Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers 845,519
Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks 799,837
Carlos Beltran, Cardinals 3,473,030
Justin Upton, Braves 2,453,531
Bryce Harper, Nationals 2,363,965
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies 2,060,388
Ryan Braun, Brewers 2,010,310
Matt Holliday, Cardinals 1,947,864
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates 1,777,568
Hunter Pence, Giants 1,732,843
Shin-Soo Choo, Reds 1,566,597
Angel Pagan, Giants 1,541,055
Carlos Gomez, Brewers 1,393,464
Jon Jay, Cardinals 1,321,149
Gregor Blanco, Giants 1,210,892
Domonic Brown, Phillies 1,107,632
Jay Bruce, Reds 978,994