A Rundown of the 2017 MLB All-Star Game
Last year the American League won 4-2 for the fourth year in a row, earning the home-field advantage in the World Series. As voting for this year’s game continues, it seems there will be some familiar faces on the field along with some rookies.
The question this year will be if the National League can break their losing streak and earn the home-field advantage. The voting for this year’s rosters has reached its final two weeks and the races for starting positions are still close for the National League and the American League.
For the NL, Washington Nationals Bryce Harper is currently leading with an MLB high of nearly 3 million votes at 2,827,330 votes for an outfield position. Former NL MVP and Rookie of the Year Cubs Kris Bryant is leading over Rockies Nolan Arenado for third base with 1,603,326 votes.
Bryant started last year’s All-Star game with a homer and is a popular choice to return this year. Cincinnati’s Zack Cozart, who is shooting for his first All-Star game, is leading with 1,465,327 votes. Cozart leads the NL shortstops with a .320 batting average, a .404 on-base percentage and a .562 slugging percentage. For the rest of the starting line-up, the leaders are: Giants catcher Buster Posey with 1,890,039; Nationals Ryan Zimmerman for first base with 1,404,251; Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy with 2,365,180; Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon with 2,259,867 and Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward with 973,333.
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As for the American League, the voting races are also staying close. For the starting pitcher position, the Royals Salvador Perez leads by a large margin with 1,453,088 votes. Royals Eric Hosmer has pulled ahead of Oakland Athletics Yonder Alonso and is leading for first base with 936,734 votes. Yankee’s rookie Aaron Judge is currently leading for outfield with 2,631,284 votes. He’s in the lead for a good reason, seeing as he’s currently leading the AL in all three Triple Crown categories. He has 22 homers, 50 RBIs and a .347 batting average.
While Judge represented the Yankees in the 2015 All-Star Futures Game, this would be his first time playing in the All-Star Game. The rest of the leading players are: Astros Carlos Correa for shortstop with 1,658,255 votes; Astros Jose Altuve for second base with 2,185,035; Twins Miguel Sano for third base with 1,302,090; and Angels Mike Trout with 2,030,074 and Astros George Springer with 1,176,951 for outfield.
The Midsummer Classic is one of the many great baseball traditions that provides fans a chance to see all their favorite players compete together. It’s a nice break up in the middle of the season and also creates competition for the players to earn the home-field advantage for the World Series. Fans can continue to vote for up until Thursday, June 29 online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.
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