MLB opens All-Star voting; nine Yankees find place on the ballot

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The MLB opened its public voting for the 2024 All-Star Game on Wednesday, allowing fans to select the starting position players for the mid-summer classic. The New York Yankees have representation on the ballot at each position.

Here’s who is on the Yankees’ official ballot
C Jose TrevinoOF Aaron Judge
1B Anthony RizzoOF Juan Soto
2B Gleyber TorresOF Alex Verdugo
3B Oswaldo CabreraDH Giancarlo Stanton
SS Anthony Volpe

Aaron Judge looks set to secure his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance. The Yankees captain leads the American League (AL) in doubles (21) and on-base percentage (.422), with a league-best 21 home runs, 49 walks, and a .662 slugging percentage. Judge, named the AL Player of the Month for May, has been instrumental in the Yankees maintaining the best record in the AL.

Juan Soto, batting ahead of Judge all season, is also a strong candidate for a trip to Texas in mid-July. Soto tops the AL with a .319 batting average and is the only other player besides Judge to have an OPS above 1.000. The right fielder has recorded 17 homers and 53 RBIs, bolstering his MVP campaign this season.

While Judge and Soto seem like All-Star locks, other Yankees hitters also have strong cases.

Giancarlo Stanton is having one of his best seasons in years. The designated hitter leads his position with 15 home runs, adding 34 RBIs and a .789 OPS to the AL’s top offense. Though Brent Rooker and Yordan Alvarez are strong contenders at DH, Stanton could make a compelling case with a strong mid-season performance.

Anthony Volpe is enjoying a solid second season as the team’s shortstop and leadoff hitter. Volpe ranks in the top three among AL shortstops in runs, hits, stolen bases, and batting average. Despite tough competition, he has a chance to be a first-time All-Star.

Alex Verdugo could be a surprise contender for the AL outfield. He ranks seventh in hits and eighth in doubles among AL outfielders, slashing .256/.318/.433, which places him in the top 12 among qualified outfielders. Though a longshot, Verdugo could make a case if he heats up in June.

Fans can vote up to five times per day on their All-Star starters. The initial phase of fan voting runs through June 27, after which fans can vote on the finalists at each position between June 30 and July 3.

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MLB All-Star voting: What, why, how

In preparation for the 94th annual All-Star Game scheduled for July 16, MLB has initiated its voting process, opening to fans on June 5. This year’s All-Star Game will be held at Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers. The voting process, aimed at increasing fan engagement, will determine the starting players for all positions except starting pitchers and designated hitters. 

The voting process consists of three phases. The initial phase, running from June 5 to 27, allows fans to cast their votes by position. During this phase, fans can submit up to five votes per day. Following this, the top three vote-getters at each position from each league will advance to Phase 2.

Phase 2 of voting will commence on June 30 after the finalists at each position are announced. This phase will run until midnight EST on July 3, during which fans can vote for the starters for the All-Star Game scheduled for July 16. In this phase, fans can vote up to four times per day via MLB.com, the MLB app, or at their nearest ballpark.

The managers of the respective All-Star teams will be selected from the managers who competed in the previous year’s World Series. Bruce Bochy of the Texas Rangers will manage the American League team, while Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks will manage the National League team.

Each All-Star team will consist of 32 members. The starting lineup for each team will be determined by fan voting, with all eight position player starters on each team selected through this process. Additionally, player ballots will determine 16 additional National League players and 17 additional American League players. The MLB Commissioner’s Office will select the remaining eight NL players and six AL players.

While fans do not have sole authority in selecting every player, they play a significant role in determining the starting lineup for the Midsummer Classic.

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