Gallo worthy of first All-Star selection

May 29th, 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.

SEATTLE -- In the midst of the best start to his career, is lending himself to the increasing possibility of being an All-Star for the first time.

“I feel like I've played well enough up to this point that I have a shot. So hopefully I keep playing well and get an opportunity,” Gallo said Tuesday after the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot was unveiled. “But I don't want to look too much ahead. There's still a month-plus away, so it's still a long time. But, yeah, it's definitely starting to get more real.”

There’s a strong chance that Gallo could be penciled into the heart of the American League’s order. Through the one-third mark of the season, he’s playing like an MVP. Gallo has raised his batting average more than 70 points to .278 and has an AL-best 1.071 OPS with 15 homers. And his move to center field -- as unconventional as it may seem for a 6-foot-5, 235-pound slugger -- has been positive.

“The stuff on social media -- 'Oh, I voted for you’ -- I wasn't getting that the first few years, so I must be doing something right,” Gallo said. “It's exciting.”

Gallo headlines a cast of Rangers candidates with a legitimate All-Star case, featuring shortstop Elvis Andrus (.320/.368/.497 slash line), outfielder Shin-Soo Choo (.915 OPS, his best since 2008) and designated hitter Hunter Pence (11 homers and a career-best .975 OPS), who is perhaps among the AL’s biggest surprise players. There’s a chance the Rangers could have more than one All-Star for the first time since 2016, when Cole Hamels and Ian Desmond were selected.

“That's way too far away,” Pence said. “I'm just dialed into the process and just playing to win the game today.”

Once again, fans will have the ultimate say regarding the position players this season, but the process has changed. This year, there's a primary vote to establish the top three players at each position (nine in the outfield), before an election for the starters at the end of June.

Fans may vote in "The Primary" at 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 3 p.m. CT 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 11 a.m. CT on Wednesday, June 26. The votes will reset for a 28-hour voting window that ends at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday, June 27. Starters for the 2019 Midsummer Classic will be unveiled on ESPN that night at 6 CT. The pitchers and reserves will be announced on Sunday, June 30, at 4:30 p.m. CT.

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

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