SAN DIEGO -- Coming off a monster season where he led the National League in RBIs and was one of the best players in the league in the second half, Padres third baseman Chase Headley will not only try to replicate that success in 2013, but manage to pull off another feat.
Like make his first NL All-Star team.
That's right, Headley -- who won the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards a year ago -- has yet to make an appearance in an All-Star Game.
Headley is one of eight Padres on the All-Star Game ballot for the 2013 Midsummer Classic, to be held on July 16 at Citi Field in New York.
The others are first baseman Yonder Alonso, second baseman Jedd Gyorko, shortstop Everth Cabrera, catcher Nick Hundley and outfielders Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin and Will Venable.
Headley missed the first 14 games of the regular season while recovering from a fractured tip of his left thumb. In his second game back, he hit his first home run of the season. He hit a career-high 31 home runs a year ago and knocked in 115 runs while being named the NL Player of the Month in August and September.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, July 4, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Fans may submit 25 online ballots during the voting period, but can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, visit www.mlb.com and register in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans can also once again participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league whom they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2013 Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 15.
The 2013 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 7, on the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by freecreditscore.com on MLB.com.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 84th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter.