Padres seeking final push in All-Star voting
SAN DIEGO -- It's not too late for Padres fans to make a statement in terms of voting for their favorite players.
But they'll have to hurry, as online voting for the 2015 Esurance All-Star Game Ballot heads toward its finish at 8:59 p.m. PT on Thursday.
In the latest round of voting, the Padres' Justin Upton ranks eight among National League outfielders with 2,418,452 votes.
Upton leads the Padres with 14 home runs, 46 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in his first season with the team.
Catcher Derek Norris, who hit two home runs in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the D-backs, doesn't rank in the top five among NL catchers, but his manager feels he'd be a good candidate for the game.
Norris has already surpassed his home run total (11) from last season (10) with the A's.
"He's a warrior," Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said of Norris after Sunday's game. "That's how he goes about it. All-Star stuff. Let's get him in there [All-Star Game]."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday at 8:59 p.m. PT. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.
Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.
The 2015 All-Star starters will be unveiled on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. PT on the Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show on ESPN. Then on Monday at 4 p.m. PT, the All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates will be announced on the Esurance All-Star Selection Show on ESPN, immediately after which fans can return to MLB.com to begin casting their 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Votes for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. Final Vote ends Friday, July 10, at 1 p.m. PT. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of All-Star Week festivities.
The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.