Michael Trout is well on his way to earning his seventh consecutive All-Star nod, as the Angels' star center fielder ranks second among American League outfielders in the first 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot update that was released on Tuesday.• VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot Trout (639,822)
Michael Trout is well on his way to earning his seventh consecutive All-Star nod, as the Angels' star center fielder ranks second among American League outfielders in the first 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot update that was released on Tuesday.
• VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot
Trout (639,822) has garnered the third-most votes among AL players, trailing only the Red Sox's Mookie Betts (748,872) and the Astros' Jose Altuve (701,236). Trout is in line to receive his sixth straight fan election at the 2018 MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park on July 17.
The 26-year-old is hitting .304 with a 1.094 OPS and 21 home runs, tied with J.D. Martinez for the MLB lead.
Two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, who landed on the disabled list on Friday with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, ranks third among AL designated hitters with 218,981 votes. Ohtani trails Martinez (513,415) and the Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton (231,885).
Jose Pujols is fourth among AL first basemen, while Martin Maldonado and Andrelton Simmons are fifth among catchers and shortstops, respectively. Simmons is sidelined with a Grade 2 right ankle sprain, but he has a strong case for his first All-Star selection, as he's hitting .330 with an .860 OPS and has twice as many walks (24) as strikeouts (10).
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 11:59 p.m. ET. 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.
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.
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