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Turner looking for late bump in Final Vote ballot

MLB.com @JamalCollier

WASHINGTON -- Trea Turner has felt and appreciated the support for his case to make the 2018 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. Although he is currently in fourth place in the latest release of the ballot for the 2018 Camping World MLB Final Vote, Turner has been glad to go through the experience and have his name even mentioned among the best in MLB.

"It's been weird. It's been an honor and pretty cool to be in the situation and have the chance," Turner said Wednesday morning. "Social media has been a little different. I'm on the same amount, I just feel like there's so much more, which is cool. It's cool to see all the people supporting me."

WASHINGTON -- Trea Turner has felt and appreciated the support for his case to make the 2018 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. Although he is currently in fourth place in the latest release of the ballot for the 2018 Camping World MLB Final Vote, Turner has been glad to go through the experience and have his name even mentioned among the best in MLB.

"It's been weird. It's been an honor and pretty cool to be in the situation and have the chance," Turner said Wednesday morning. "Social media has been a little different. I'm on the same amount, I just feel like there's so much more, which is cool. It's cool to see all the people supporting me."

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Even though he is close to earning his first career All-Star appearance, Turner still feels like his best baseball is ahead of him this season.

He entered Wednesday's game batting .272/.350/.410 with 11 home runs and 22 stolen bases for 2.9 Wins Above Replacement, according to Fangraphs, and yet still feels like he has only scratched the surface this season.

"It's been a battle," he said. "I feel like I could've played so much better in a lot of different areas, but at the same time I feel like I'm in the final vote for the All-Star Game, so how bad is it really?"

It is easy to forget that this is only Turner's second full season in the Majors, but he missed a good chunk of last season with a broken wrist. Still, he holds high expectations for himself, given his rare combination of speed and power.

"I think it's encouraging for sure when you look at it from a positive spin," Turner said. "But from a negative, it's just like how long does it take to click in? I feel like at times, I've clicked it in and then the past three games, I'm like, 'What the heck happened?' I guess that's baseball, you've got to remind yourself that it's a hard game and things like that happened."

Fans can cast votes for the final player on each league's roster -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online as part of the 2018 Camping World MLB Final Vote, as well as via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps, until today at 4 p.m. ET.

Then on Tuesday, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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