Record 8 AL Teams In Line for All-Star Selections
Red Sox DH J.D.Martinez and outfielder Mookie Betts are leading AL All-Star voting. Seven other teams each have one player in position to be elected. Voting continues through 9:50 p.m., MDT.
Since balloting was returned to the fans in 1970, neither league has had eight different teams win a fan election in the same year. The National League has had seven different teams among the winners on eight occasions, including the most recent occurrence in 2014. The AL has had seven different teams represented 12 times, including last year for the Midsummer Classic in Miami.
White Sox first baseman José Abreu continues to maintain the lead that he has held from the outset, garnering 1,032,748 votes to remain ahead of Houston’s Yuli Gurriel (714,361) and Boston’s Mitch Moreland (644,728). Abreu, an All-Star during his rookie season in 2014, is bidding to become the first White Sox player to win a fan election since Hall of Famer Frank Thomas in 1996.
The Cuban-born Abreu would become just the sixth White Sox player overall to win a fan vote, joining Hall of Famers Thomas (1994-96), Luis Aparicio (1970) and Carlton Fisk (1981-82), as well as Dick Allen (1972-74) and Richie Zisk (1977).
In the AL’s closest race, Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos has totaled 1,063,708 votes to outpace Gary Sánchez of the New York Yankees (904,678). Ramos, a native of Venezuela, is bidding for his second career All-Star selection. He was an NL All-Star in 2016 as a member of the Washington Nationals. The 30-year-old would become just the fifth Rays player to win a fan election (sixth time overall), joining designated hitter Jose Canseco (1999), third baseman Evan Longoria (2009-10), outfielder Carl Crawford (2010) and designated hitter Corey Dickerson (2017).
The remaining AL leaders include: second baseman Jose Altuve of the Astros (2,460,967), who remains MLB’s leading vote-getter; third baseman José Ramírez of the Indians (1,319,651); shortstop Manny Machado of the Orioles (960,628). and outfielders Mike Trout of the Angels (1,989,649) and Aaron Judge of the Yankees (1,557,109).
|1||José Abreu||White Sox||1,032,748|
|3||Mitch Moreland||Red Sox||644,728|
|5||Dustin Pedroia||Red Sox||184,661|
|1||J.D. Martinez||Red Sox||1,675,492|
|1||Mookie Betts||Red Sox||2,337,514|
|6||Andrew Benintendi||Red Sox||784,969|
|13||Jackie Bradley Jr.||Red Sox||366,791|