Altuve Can Join Elite Latin Group of All-Star Second Basemen
Jose Altuve has taken an early lead in the All-Star voting for the AL second baseman, putting him in a position to join an elite group of Latin-born players. Altuve, who has started the last three All-Star Game, is in line for a sixth consecutive overall selection.
If he is elected to start by the fans,Altuve would become the four player to be voted to start at second base for the AL in MLB histor -- all of whom are natives of Latin America.
Hall of Famer Rod Carew, a native of Panama, was selected from 1970-75 with the Twins. Fellow Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, a native of Puerto Rico, was selected from 1991-94, and after falling short in fan voting in 1995, was selected for another five year run from 1996-2000. Seattle second baseman Jose Cano, currently serving a suspension for PEDs, won the votiing from 2010 through 2014.
Meanwhile, Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts leads all Major League players in fan balloting for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game. Betts, an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, has received 748,872 votes to pace the Majors ahead of Houston Altuve (701,236) and 2016 AL MVP Mike Trout of the Angels (639,822). The 25-year-old Betts, who is currently on the disabled list with an abdominal strain, leads the Majors with a .359 batting average to go along with 17 home runs, 37 RBI, 19 doubles, 13 stolen bases and 52 runs scored. Betts, who was a fan-elected starter in 2016, would become the first Red Sox outfielder since Manny Ramirez to earn multiple fan elections.
Trout, an All-Star in each of the last six seasons, is in line for his sixth consecutive fan election. The last AL outfielder to earn six straight fan elections was Manny Ramirez, who won eight consecutive fan elections from 1999-2006. The 26-year-old New Jersey native, who leads the Majors with 54 walks and 54 runs scored, is hitting .304 with 21 home runs, 41 RBI, 15 doubles and 13 stolen bases. Joining Betts and Trout among the AL outfield leaders is 2017 AL Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-upAaron Judge of the Yankees (541,983). The 26-year-old Judge, who has 18 home runs and 45 RBI, is followed by Michael Brantley of the Cleveland Indians (238,659).
The remaining AL leaders include: first baseman José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox (267,812), who is bidding to become the first White Sox player to win a fan election since Hall of Famer Frank Thomas in 1996; third baseman José Ramírez of the Indians (443,234); shortstop Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles (321,887); catcher Gary Sánchez of the Yankees (336,280); and designated hitterJ.D. Martinez of the Red Sox (513,415).
|1||Mookie Betts||Red Sox||748,872|
|6||Andrew Benintendi||Red Sox||208,837|
|12||Jackie Bradley Jr.||Red Sox||105,821|
|1||José Abreu||White Sox||267,812|
|2||Mitch Moreland||Red Sox||241,889|
|1||J.D. Martinez||Red Sox||513,415|