Lindor still in hunt to start All-Star Game

Shortstop trailing Machado, Correa; Ramirez tops among 3B

July 2nd, 2018

CLEVELAND -- Despite career bests in many offensive categories, Indians shortstop still ranks third among American League shortstops in the latest update of the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, released Monday afternoon.
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With 898,977 votes, Lindor is still roughly 375,000 votes shy of the Orioles' Manny Machado -- the top vote-getter among shortstops. Lindor also trails the Astros' (1,135,152), who landed on the disabled list on Friday with a back ailment but isn't expected to miss much time. The Yankees' Didi Gregorius (824,710) and the Mariners' (675,140) round out the top five at the position.
There's not much else Lindor can do with his bat to convince voters he's deserving of a fan selection. Per Fangraphs, his 4.8 Wins Above Replacement ranks fourth in the AL and is the best among all big league shortstops. Lindor is also tied with Machado for the highest slugging percentage (.564) at the position, and Lindor's .936 OPS is only second to Machado's (.941).

"He's a threat," Indians veteran outfielder said of Lindor on Sunday. "He just knows how to hit and drive the ball a quarter-mile. No matter the ballpark, he makes the ballpark look small. It's amazing. It's impressive. It's fun to watch. A lot of guys wish they could be that kind of hitter, but to watch it, it's amazing."
Lindor finished Sunday's 15-3 rout against the A's 3-for-4 with a home run and two doubles, which gives him a team-high 27 doubles and 21 homers. Lindor, teammate (24 homers and 22 doubles) and Boston's are the only players in MLB to currently have at least 20 homers and 20 two-base hits.
Manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Lindor's season is perhaps shaping to be his best one yet.
"He's a fantastic hitter from both sides of the plate," Francona said. "He can change the game with one swing, he can change a game with his legs, and he can change it with his glove."
Though Lindor is looking for a way to earn a spot on the All-Star team, Ramirez has built a solid lead among third basemen. He has 1,811,902 votes, approximately 761,000 more than the Astros' , who surged past the Yankees' (963,641) for the No. 2 spot. The Rangers' (590,283) remains fourth and the Mariners' (447,940) replaced the Royals' Mike Moustakas.
Ramirez's 5.5 WAR ranks second in all of baseball, and he is tied for second in the big leagues with 24 home runs -- one behind Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez.

Several other Indians players appeared among top vote-getting ranks at their respective positions. (372,885), ranks fourth among second basemen, which is led by the AL's overall leader, (3,405,815). (1,093,376) ranks fifth among outfielders, but trails third-place Yankees slugger (2,021,348) by nearly 925,000 votes. (344,639) ranks 15th among outfielders.
(522,139) ranks fifth among catchers, led by the Rays' (1,556,195), and (559,915) is fifth among DHs, led by Martinez (2,236,945).
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