CHICAGO -- The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo is the leading National League vote-getter in the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.Rizzo could have plenty of company at the game, to be played July 12 in San Diego. The rest of
CHICAGO -- The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo is the leading National League vote-getter in the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.
Rizzo could have plenty of company at the game, to be played July 12 in San Diego. The rest of the Cubs' infielders are the top vote-getters at their position, including second baseman Ben Zobrist (732,519); third baseman Kris Bryant (776,107); and shortstop Addison Russell (544,240). Dexter Fowler (797,160) is second among NL outfielders.
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A two-time All-Star who is aiming for his first fan-elected start, Rizzo has received 874,471 total votes. He could become the second Cubs first baseman to win a fan election, joining Derrek Lee (2005). Rizzo has 11 home runs, 10 doubles, a triple and 30 runs scored, and he is tied for second in the NL with 37 RBIs.
The last Cubs players overall to win a fan election were Kosuke Fukudome, Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto, all of whom were elected by the fans in 2008.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 times.
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Following the announcement of the 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
The 87th All-Star Game, in San Diego, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Last year, Rizzo and Bryant represented the Cubs at the All-Star Game. In 2008, the Cubs sent eight players to the event, including Fukudome, Soto, Soriano and Aramis Ramirez, and pitchers Ryan Dempster, Carlos Marmol, Kerry Wood and Carlos Zambrano.
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.