Fielder leads Rangers in bid for sixth All-Star Game
ARLINGTON -- Prince Fielder has been spending more time at designated hitter than first base lately, but he will still be the Rangers' nominee at first base on the 2015 All-Star ballot that was announced Wednesday morning. Fielder has been voted a starter at first base in his league three times.
Fielder started at first base for the National League in 2007 and '11 while with the Brewers and in '12 for the American League when he was with the Tigers. He was a reserve in '09 and '13. Fielder was the Most Valuable Player of the '11 All-Star Game in Arizona when he hit a three-run home run off of C.J. Wilson. He also won the Home Run Derby in '09 and '12.
Mitch Moreland is still on the All-Star ballot, but at designated hitter. The Rangers are also represented by Robinson Chirinos at catcher, Rougned Odor at second, Elvis Andrus at shortstop and Adrian Beltre at third. Their outfield represenatives are Leonys Martin, Shin-Soo Choo and Ryan Rua.
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Beltre has been to four All-Star games and was selected by the fans to start the 2012 game in Kansas City. Andrus has been to two All-Star games as a reserve. Choo has never played in an All-Star game.