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NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce remained in the top 15 vote-getters among National League outfielders, with Cespedes in ninth place (430,879) and Bruce (322,023) in 13th in the latest update for the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, which was released Monday.

Cespedes has missed a majority of the season with hamstring and quad injuries, but he is the Mets' top vote-getter. In just 20 games this season, he is hitting .275 with seven home runs and 14 RBIs. Bruce, who started the season hot but has since cooled, has 16 home runs and 43 RBIs while hitting .258 heading into Monday's game against the Cubs.

NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce remained in the top 15 vote-getters among National League outfielders, with Cespedes in ninth place (430,879) and Bruce (322,023) in 13th in the latest update for the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, which was released Monday.

Cespedes has missed a majority of the season with hamstring and quad injuries, but he is the Mets' top vote-getter. In just 20 games this season, he is hitting .275 with seven home runs and 14 RBIs. Bruce, who started the season hot but has since cooled, has 16 home runs and 43 RBIs while hitting .258 heading into Monday's game against the Cubs.

While Bruce and Cespedes are in contention to make the All-Star team, perhaps the more worthy candidate to represent the Mets is fellow outfielder Michael Conforto. He currently ranks in the top six in the Majors in on-base percentage (.412) and OPS (1.004). Conforto also has the second-highest offensive WAR among NL outfielders (2.5), only trailing Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies. Conforto is not listed on the ballot, thus fans must write him in if they want to see him participate as a starter in Miami.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for Conforto and other #ASGWorthy players

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 11:59 p.m. ET. 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.

Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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