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Abreu makes strong push for 2nd ASG bid

White Sox first baseman enters June leading AL in multiple offensive categories
MLB.com @scottmerkin

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu should be the starting first baseman for the American League All-Star team if going strictly by the statistics as they stand on June 1.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

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CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu should be the starting first baseman for the American League All-Star team if going strictly by the statistics as they stand on June 1.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

View Full Game Coverage

Abreu enters June leading all AL first basemen in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS. His 19 doubles place Abreu in a tie for second among all players, trailing Toronto's Kevin Pillar by one.

It has been another stellar season for Abreu, who is in his fifth big league campaign after coming from Cuba to the South Side of Chicago as a free agent. And as the White Sox first-base representative on the official All-Star ballot, fans have the chance to vote Abreu into a spot he belongs, as well as help him earn his second career Midsummer Classic appearance.

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday, July 5, at 10:59 p.m. CT. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Abreu tops the White Sox in average, doubles and RBIs, ranking second in OPS. But he is not the only White Sox player having a season worthy of All-Star consideration.

Matt Davidson, on the ballot as the White Sox designated hitter, has had a breakout effort in terms of plate discipline via a career-high and team-leading 27 walks in the first two months, while also flexing his power muscles with 11 home runs and 28 RBIs before being sidelined by back spasms. Yoan Moncada, the team's second baseman on the ballot, ranks fourth in home runs and fifth in OPS among his position candidates, while Yolmer Sanchez continues to be a steady producer with the fifth-highest average and sixth-highest RBI total among AL third basemen, as well as a Major League-best six triples.

Following the announcement of this year's All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league's roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 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 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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