Torii, Dozier seek All-Star votes in final week
Balloting concludes Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT
CINCINNATI -- The final 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update was released on Monday, and right fielder Torii Hunter remained the lone Twins player among the leading vote-getters at his position, but remains millions of votes behind his competitors.
Hunter is 14th among AL outfielders with 1,568,877 votes, but trails Mike Trout (11,461,212 votes), Lorenzo Cain (10,418,343) and Alex Gordon (8,934,052) by sizable margins. Second baseman Brian Dozier doesn't rank among the top five at his position despite his impressive season both offensively and defensively. Dozier was hitting .267/.343/.524 with 15 homers, 57 runs and 37 RBIs in 74 games entering Monday's action.
Twins manager Paul Molitor said he's surprised Dozier hasn't received more votes and believes he's worthy of being an All-Star.
"I've seen him play every day and I know what he means to this team," Molitor said. "But I also know people who have to make decisions to shape that roster and it's challenging. Some of the rules they have to follow about every time being represented and some other people at second base who are possibly in bigger markets having good years. So there are a lot of components involved. It's not always fair. But he's been an All-Star for us. There's no doubt about that."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.
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The 2015 All-Star starters will be unveiled on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on the Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show on ESPN. Then on Monday at 6 p.m., the All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates will be announced on the Esurance All-Star Selection Show on ESPN, immediately after which fans can return to MLB.com to begin casting their 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Votes for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. Final Vote ends Friday, July 10, at 3 p.m. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
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