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Vlad Jr. seeking push for All-Star Game

@baseballexis
June 17, 2019

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. TORONTO -- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. would like to play in his first All-Star Game. With the current vote totals, he'll need

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search.

TORONTO -- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. would like to play in his first All-Star Game. With the current vote totals, he'll need a big push to get there.

The rookie phenom is the Blue Jays’ lone position player among the leaders in the second American League All-Star Game voting update, released on Monday. Guerrero ranked sixth among third basemen with 269,492 votes. The Astros' Alex Bregman is first with 1,322,935 votes. Gio Urshela is second with 502,614 votes and Hunter Dozier is in third with 424,028.

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“I knew [he could be an All-Star] the moment he first showed up when he played his first game here, when all the press and everyone was here,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said of Guerrero’s appeal across the league. “And rightly so. He’s one of the top prospects in baseball, and he’s only going to get better.”

Guerrero currently holds a slash line of .266/.329/.455, with seven homers, eight doubles, 17 runs scored and 19 driven in. He earned his first Major League accolade in mid-May when he was named AL Player of the Week.

“I feel really happy right now about everything, but I would be happier if I would be in the All-Star Game,” Guerrero said through Blue Jays interpreter Hector Lebron. “It would mean a lot to me. My dad was there nine times, so definitely I would like to be there at least once.”

To see Guerrero in the All-Star Game, fans may vote in "The Primary" at MLB.com and all 30 club sites, the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark apps up to five times in any 24-hour period. Fans in the US and Canada can also vote on Google Search for every position, or up to 17 unique players per day, by searching "MLB Vote" or the names of their favorite players. Primary voting ends at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, June 21.

The top three vote-getters at each position -- including nine outfielders -- per league will move on to "The Starters Election," which begins at noon ET on Wednesday, June 26. The votes will reset for a 28-hour voting window that ends at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 27. Starters for the 2019 Midsummer Classic will be unveiled on ESPN that night at 7 p.m. ET. The pitchers and reserves will be announced on Sunday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Then on Tuesday, July 9, during the 2019 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, fans may visit MLB.com and the 30 club sites to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet.

The 90th Midsummer Classic, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, 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.

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, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Alexis Brudnicki is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter @baseballexis.