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Goldy needs voting push in crowded 1B field

First baseman sits third to start ASG behind Rizzo, Zimmerman
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PHOENIX -- Time is running out for D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt when it comes to starting the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

In the latest tallies released Monday, Goldschmidt had 1,200,995 votes, placing him third behind Ryan Zimmerman (1,728,607) and Anthony Rizzo (1,601,245).

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PHOENIX -- Time is running out for D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt when it comes to starting the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

In the latest tallies released Monday, Goldschmidt had 1,200,995 votes, placing him third behind Ryan Zimmerman (1,728,607) and Anthony Rizzo (1,601,245).

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Goldschmidt has appeared in the last four All-Star Games and won the fan vote at first base in 2014 and '15.

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"I think Goldy is one of the most complete players that I have ever been around," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "I've seen a lot of really talented players, and Goldy is right up there with some of the elite ones that I've played with, coached and have just been around in the same type of environment.

"He deserves the consideration. I know that it's a tough position, there are some very capable first basemen in the National League. But he's one of the best players in the league hands down."

Goldschmidt, who helped Team USA win the World Baseball Classic this spring, has been among the National League leaders in batting average and RBIs all season, while also playing stellar defense at first base.

The D-backs entered Monday with the third-most wins in the Majors behind only the Astros and Dodgers, but only have Goldschmidt, third baseman Jake Lamb and shortstop Chris Owings among the top five in the voting at their respective positions.

Lamb is fifth behind Kris Bryant, Nolan Arenado, Justin Turner and Anthony Rendon while Owings is also fifth behind Zack Cozart, Corey Seager, Addison Russell and Trea Turner.

Lovullo would like to see fans make a final week push for his players.

"We haven't done it by blind luck," Lovullo said of the team's record. "These players have gone out and performed. We've had some pitchers pitch. I think we have a couple pitchers who deserve consideration. The best teams tend to have the best players, and our record seems to indicate that we have some very talented players. We have a number of players who have led us to this record and they deserve consideration."

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 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. 

The Esurance All-Star Selection Show will take place on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Following the unveiling 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.

The 88th Midsummer Classic, at Marlins Park in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM will have comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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