Club alliances have formalized. T-shirts have been printed. Voting parties are scheduled. Teammates are campaigning. All collectively setting the stage for a wild, and always unpredictable, three-day dash to the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian (#FinalVote) as tens of millions of online votes will be added to the more than 15 million already cast. Voting is held exclusively on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, and the individual Club websites.
In the National League race, Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has jumped out to an early, but narrow, lead, trailed most closely by Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs and Justin Upton of the Atlanta Braves. Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals and Casey McGehee of the Miami Marlins are in fourth and fifth places, respectively.
Over on the American League side, Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox leads the race among the five pitchers entering the final two days. Garrett Richards of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Rick Porcello of the Detroit Tigers and Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians follow Sale closely. Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros is in fifth place.
Current standings are:
1.Chris Sale (CWS) - #TargetSale (A5)
2.Garrett Richards (LAA) - #VoteGRich (A4)
3.Rick Porcello (DET) - #PickRick (A3)
4.Corey Kluber (CLE) - #VoteKluber (A2)
5.Dallas Keuchel (HOU) - #VoteKeuchel (A1)
1.Justin Morneau (COL) - # VoteMorneau (N2)
2.Anthony Rizzo (CHI) - #VoteRizzo (N4)
3.Justin Upton (ATL) - #VoteJUp (N5)
4.Anthony Rendon (WSH) - #VoteRendon (N3)
5.Casey McGehee (MIA) - # VoteHitsMcGehee (N1)
CLUB ALLIANCES - A TRADITION
In each of the last seven years, clubs have formed alliances to lend their collective support for their respective candidates. This year's alliances are: Indians-Rockies (#ClevelandRox); Astros-Marlins (#GoBeardorGoHome); White Sox-Nationals; Braves-Angels; and Cubs-Tigers.
MLB.com is providing a unique analysis of how a specific region in the United States is voting for the 10 candidates for the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Scroll over any county to see a color-coded display showing the online vote share for each player. Click here or visit MLB.com to access this data visualization map.
Fans may use mobile phones to cast votes at MLB.com/vote or via text message. To receive the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, fans can text the choice to 89269. EXAMPLE: Text "A3" to vote for AL Player 3 or "N3" to vote for NL Player 3. Standard message and data rates may apply. Text "STOP" to end and "HELP" for information. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010.
TWITTER VOTING RETURNS THURSDAY, JULY 10 ONLY
The All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian will count Twitter support from fans over the last six hours of balloting toward candidates' vote totals. From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, July 10, all tweets with a designated player hashtag will be tabulated in official vote totals. Fans will be able to follow @MLB for the latest standings updates over the course of the entire four-day voting period.
FREE MLB.TV TRIAL
MLB.com is giving eligible voters a 14-day free trial of MLB.TV from July 11-25, 2014. Current MLB.TV subscribers will receive a discount to the MLB.com Shop. Fans will receive an e-mail notifying them of the instructions for redeeming their respective All-Star Final Vote offers.
The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15. The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.