PITTSBURGH -- If the season ended Tuesday, the D-backs would be in the playoffs. If voting for the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard ended Tuesday, however, the D-backs would not have a player in the starting lineup.But voting still has almost a month to go, so D-backs fans still
PITTSBURGH -- If the season ended Tuesday, the D-backs would be in the playoffs. If voting for the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard ended Tuesday, however, the D-backs would not have a player in the starting lineup.
But voting still has almost a month to go, so D-backs fans still have a chance to flip the script.
Only two D-backs players rank among the top five at their positions in the first National League Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update -- first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and shortstop Chris Owings.
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Goldschmidt is fourth among NL first basemen with 205,828 votes, behind the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (452,620), the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman (359,055) and the Braves' Freddie Freeman (286,389).
Owings is also fourth among NL shortstops with 219,287 votes, behind the Dodgers' Corey Seager (399,347), the Cubs' Addison Russell (379,640) and the Reds' Zack Cozart (264,516).
"I think the fact that Goldy's fourth and C.O. is fourth is startling," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "I think within our clubhouse we know how valuable they are and I know the rest of the league recognizes how valuable they are. I just wish they get that recognition from the fans and hopefully they will. So fans, get out there and vote. All of Arizona, please get out there and vote for our guys."
Goldschmidt has appeared in the past four All-Star Games, and he started in 2014 and '15. Owings has never been selected for the All-Star Game.
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 8:59 p.m. MST. 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.
The 88th Midsummer Classic, at Marlins Park in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM will have comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.