ARLINGTON -- The Rangers continue to be shut out in the voting for a spot in the American League starting lineup for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.The Rangers again do not have a catcher or an infielder in the top five or an outfielder in the top
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers continue to be shut out in the voting for a spot in the American League starting lineup for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.
The Rangers again do not have a catcher or an infielder in the top five or an outfielder in the top 15, as revealed in the latest results of the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot on Tuesday.
The Rangers are looking at the possibility of one of their position players not going to the All-Star Game for the first time since 1988, when they were represented by pitcher Jeff Russell. The most obvious candidates worthy of at least consideration are shortstop Elvis Andrus and outfielder Nomar Mazara.
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Andrus is hitting .290, 16th best in the AL, with 40 runs scored, seven home runs and 38 RBIs. He is tied for third in the AL in stolen bases, with 15.
Mazara is hitting .278 with nine home runs and 45 RBIs, which ranks tied for ninth in the AL. He is hitting .323 with runners in scoring position.
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 10:59 p.m. CT. 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.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.