ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara is surging at the plate but not in voting on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. No Texas players have been able to crack the top five at any infield or catching position -- or the top 15 in the outfield -- in the
ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara is surging at the plate but not in voting on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. No Texas players have been able to crack the top five at any infield or catching position -- or the top 15 in the outfield -- in the latest All-Star voting update released Tuesday.
Mazara deserves more consideration. He went into Tuesday's game vs. the Mets hitting .341 in his past 22 games to go along with a .413 on-base percentage and a .524 slugging percentage.
For the season, Mazara is hitting .276 with 24 runs scored, six home runs, 35 RBIs, a .344 on-base percentage and a .442 slugging percentage. He leads the Rangers in RBIs.
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Mazara is hoping for his first All-Star selection. Elvis Andrus has been twice, and he also deserves more consideration. The shortstop entered Tuesday hitting .305 with seven home runs, 32 RBIs and a .475 slugging percentage.
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.
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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.