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Phillies need boost at All-Star ballot box

MLB.com @ToddZolecki

ATLANTA -- Off to a slow start this season, the Phillies need help at the ballot box, and fans have time to help determine who will represent Philadelphia at this year's All-Star Game presented by MasterCard in Miami.

Second baseman Cesar Hernandez and outfielder Aaron Altherr have performed well to this point, though no Phillies rank among the top players in votes at any position, meaning a Phils player may have to be selected by players, coaches or the league.

ATLANTA -- Off to a slow start this season, the Phillies need help at the ballot box, and fans have time to help determine who will represent Philadelphia at this year's All-Star Game presented by MasterCard in Miami.

Second baseman Cesar Hernandez and outfielder Aaron Altherr have performed well to this point, though no Phillies rank among the top players in votes at any position, meaning a Phils player may have to be selected by players, coaches or the league.

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Hernandez entered Monday night's series opener against the Braves at SunTrust Park with a .772 OPS, which ranked fourth among NL second basemen. Altherr, who is not on the ballot, is eighth among NL outfielders with an .867 OPS.

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 11:59 p.m. ET. 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.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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