Balloting is underway through 4 p.m. ET today in the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, running right through the fireworks and deciding the 32nd and final roster spots for both teams at the 88th Midsummer Classic on July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami.The American League candidates are
Balloting is underway through 4 p.m. ET today in the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, running right through the fireworks and deciding the 32nd and final roster spots for both teams at the 88th Midsummer Classic on July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami.
The American League candidates are shortstop Elvis Andrus of the Rangers, shortstop Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox, shortstop Didi Gregorius of the Yankees, first baseman Logan Morrison of the Rays and third baseman Mike Moustakas of the Royals.
The National League choices consist of first baseman Justin Bour of the Marlins, third baseman Kristopher Bryant of the Cubs, third baseman Anthony Rendon of the Nationals, first baseman Mark Reynolds of the Rockies and third baseman Justin Turner of the Dodgers.
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Fans can cast ballots on MLB.com, club sites and mobile devices. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will be announced during MLB Tonight, live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. ET today.
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Now in its 16th season, with more than 680 million votes cast, the Final Vote again will include social-media votes on the last day of balloting, as Twitter support for the 10 candidates over the final six hours of balloting will count toward vote totals. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ET today, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners.
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This will mark the 10th consecutive year that a corner infielder is among the winners, because of the positions of the five NL nominees. A first baseman has won five of the last eight years in the NL, and Bour and Reynolds are in position now. No middle infielder ever has won the Final Vote, but three shortstops will try again in the AL. This is the first Final Vote since 2007 that includes no outfielders.
Last year's Final Vote winners were first baseman Brandon Belt (Giants) and left fielder Michael Saunders (Blue Jays). Here is a closer look at your nominees:
Elvis Andrus: We're going alphabetically here in the AL race, so let's start with the three shortstops. The Rangers' nine-year veteran was an All-Star in 2010 and '12, and he has a strong case to return amid what is shaping up as a career year. Now batting third for Texas, Andrus already is in double figures in home runs for the first time in his career (11), entered Sunday hitting .301 and is making a lot of fantasy owners extremely happy. Can he join Yu Darvish (2012) as a Rangers winner in the Final Vote? Andrus has the largest Twitter following among AL nominees. #ElectElvis
Xander Bogaerts: After starting last year's Midsummer Classic at San Diego, the Aruba native could use your help in sending him to Miami. Two of his five home runs came on Father's Day at Houston, a rare power display this season, but homers aren't his game this year. Bogaerts is playing old-fashioned, spray-liners-everywhere baseball, batting .314 with 95 hits, 49 runs, nine steals and a 113 OPS+. After coming up short to Moustakas in the 2015 Final Vote, the question is whether Bogaerts will have a better showing and get back to the big game. Boston is 0-for-4 in the Final Vote since closer Hideki Okajima won in 2007. #VoteX
Didi Gregorius: Coming off his first career grand slam on Saturday in a big weekend series at Houston, Gregorius arrives on this ballot amid another year of constant improvement as the player who had to follow Derek Jeter's act. Gregorius missed most of April with an injury, but he has made up for lost time as a quiet leader for the Yankees along with Aaron Judge and is in a third straight season of raising his OPS by at least 50 points. The last Yankee to win the Final Vote was Nick Swisher, thanks largely to his Twitter presence in 2010, and Player Page for David Robertson and Brett Gardner have come up short since then. #sirdidi4sure
Logan Morrison:The Rays' first baseman is zooming toward the top of the best available free agents after this season, putting up huge numbers, including a 153 OPS+ and hanging just behind Judge with 24 home runs. He is a big reason Tampa Bay is contending for a Wild Card spot. Through recent weeks of voting for starters, Morrison has consistently been humble and touted the candidacies of other players. He'll try to become the first Rays player since Evan Longoria in 2008 to win the Final Vote. #GoLoMo
Mike Moustakas: The 2015 AL Final Vote winner could join Shane Victorino (2009 and '11) as the only two-time winner. The Royals' third baseman tied his career high in homers on Saturday with No. 22 -- threatening Steve Balboni's longstanding club record of 36 in 1985 -- and his .551 slugging percentage is easily the best of his career. #VoteMoose
Justin Bour: The pride of George Mason University has elevated his game in 2017, taking a 140 OPS+ along with 18 homers and 52 RBIs into Sunday. This is about getting him onto the field in front of his home fans at Marlins Park, so the stakes are high -- and that could be a grassroots campaign X-factor. This is the Marlins' first Final Vote representation since Luis Castillo (2003) and Juan Pierre ('04) came up short. #VoteBour
Kris Bryant: The 2016 NL MVP was overtaken in All-Star voting by Colorado's Nolan Arenado in a classic last-week move, and the question is whether Bryant can avoid becoming the first MVP since James Rollins in 2008 to not make the subsequent All-Star Game. Given the Cubs' giant fan base, it was shocking to see the team unable to place a single position player in the starting lineup after a long-awaited championship. The Cubs are 1-for-3 in Final Vote history, with Anthony Rizzo winning in 2014. Maddon bumped Bryant up from No. 3 to 2 in the order this season, so the RBI decline is not unexpected. His walks and on-base percentage are up, and he is still projected to finish with 32 homers and 100 runs. He has the largest Twitter following in the Final Vote. #VoteKB
Anthony Rendon: The runaway leaders in the NL East already have the right half of the starting infield covered, and now the question is whether their third baseman will be added to the roster. Rendon, eighth overall in the Majors with a 3.4 WAR (Fangraphs), made a big comeback in 2016, and this has been a bust-out season with 16 homers, 50 RBIs, and a .298/.399/.555 slash line. The Nationals are 0-for-5 in the Final Vote, as Rendon knows well enough after coming up short against Rizzo in 2014. He'll have another chance now to top a Cubs corner infielder. #VoteRendon
Mark Reynolds: He was a Final Vote candidate in 2009, when he represented Arizona but was a distant finisher behind Victorino. Reynolds is with his seventh team in his 11th MLB season and is looking for his first All-Star selection. Coors Field has been his happy place, as he has been one of the Rockies' key cogs with 19 homers, 61 RBIs, and a .290 average. This is the fourth consecutive bid by Colorado, which fell short with Justin Morneau (2014), Troy Tulowitzki ('15) and Story ('16). #BeLikeMark
Justin Turner: The Dodgers have the best record in the NL, and here's one of the key reasons. Turner is bidding for a batting title with a .388 average (minimum plate appearances could be an issue), and his 3.7 WAR (Fangraphs) leads all NL Final Vote candidates and was fifth overall in the Majors heading into Sunday -- with only Judge and Paul Goldschmidt ahead of him among position players. Clayton Kershaw tried unsuccessfully to win the Final Vote two years ago, one of many recent examples of how previous All-Star experience counts for little in this exercise. Last year, there were four candidates with at least three previous All-Star selections, and fans chose a couple of first-timers. Turner will need a big campaign, and the bushy red beard figures to be all over social media. #VoteJT
Extensive coverage throughout the Final Vote will be provided by MLB Network and MLB.com, including interviews with the candidates, frequent updates, heat maps indicating where votes are being cast for each candidate, news on player and club campaigns, and a running countdown clock leading up to the announcement.
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