Minnesota third baseman Miguel Sano took a massive leap in Tuesday's second American League update for the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. Sano is now the leading vote-getter at his position, leapfrogging past Manny Machado of the Orioles.Sano trailed Machado by more than 5,000 votes in the first ballot
Minnesota third baseman Miguel Sano took a massive leap in Tuesday's second American League update for the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. Sano is now the leading vote-getter at his position, leapfrogging past Manny Machado of the Orioles.
Sano trailed Machado by more than 5,000 votes in the first ballot update, but he now holds a firm advantage at the top of the hot corner with 638,952 total votes. Cleveland's Jose Ramirez is nearly 98,000 votes behind Sano. Machado is now third with 520,116 votes, while Toronto's Josh Donaldson and Houston's Alex Bregman round out the top five.
The Twins slugger has mashed the ball this season, leading the club's drastic turnaround. Sano has a team-high 14 homers and 43 RBIs, to go along with his 1.016 OPS. In all three categories, he is firmly in the top two at his position in the AL. According to Statcast™, Sano's average exit velocity of 96.6 mph is the best mark in the Major Leagues this year.
For the second week in a row, the AL Central-leading Twins had no one other than Sano represented among the voting leaders.
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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, June 29, at 10:59 p.m. CT. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.
Following the announcement 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.
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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.