Altuve in AL, Freeman in NL Top Vote-Getters in All-Star Fan Voting
From the Offices of Major League Baseball
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, the game’s leading vote-getter, and Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who led the National League in voting, will be among the starters in the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which will be played July 17th at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.
The All-Star rosters -- other than the winner of the Final Vote in each league -- were announced Sunday.
Altuve received 4,849,630 votes, becoming the first Astros player to lead the Majors in All-Star balloting, and the first second baseman to do so since Alfonso Soriano of the Texas Rangers in 2004. Altuve, the reigning AL Most Valuable Player, has now been fan-elected in each of the last four seasons and he will make his sixth trip overall to the Midsummer Classic.
The Puerto Cabello, Venezuela native joins Hall of Famer Rod Carew (six straight, 1970-75), Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar (four straight, 1991—94; five straight, 1996-2000) and Robinson Canó (five straight, 2010-14) as the only AL second basemen to win four consecutive fan elections. The 28-year-old entered play on Sunday with a Major League-best 121 hits along with a .339 batting average, eight home runs, 23 doubles, 43 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
Freeman, now a three-time All-Star (2013-14), earns his first fan-elected start after garnering 4,039,219 votes to become the first Atlanta player to lead the NL in fan voting since Dale Murphy led the Majors in 1985. The 28-year-old Freeman is the third Braves first baseman to win a fan election, joining Hall of Famer Hank Aaron (1973) and Fred McGriff (1995-96).
Freeman entered play Sunday leading all Major League first basemen with a .310 batting average and 105 hits to go along with 16 home runs, 58 RBI, 56 runs scored and 23 doubles on the season.
Joining Freeman on the NL squad is his teammate Nick Markakis, who led all NL outfielders with 3,556,469 votes. It marks the first time two Braves players have been elected to the starting lineup since 2003, when outfielder Gary Sheffield and second baseman Marcus Giles won fan elections.
Markakis, in his 13th Major League season, is an All-Star for the first time in his career, and he is the first Braves outfielder to draw a starting assignment since Jason Heyward in 2010.
He is joined in the NL outfield by Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers (2,930,353) and Bryce Harper of the hometown Washington Nationals (2,335,733). The 33-year-old Kemp is making his third trip to the Midsummer Classic, all of which have come via fan elections following starts in 2011 and 2012. He is the fifth Dodgers player to earn at least three fan elections joining Steve Garvey (7), Hall of Famer Mike Piazza (4), Ron Cey (3) and Davey Lopes (3).
Harper, at 25 years old, is already a six-time All-Star and five-time winner of a starting assignment, becoming the first player in Expos/Nationals history to earn five fan elections. The 2015 NL MVP, who was Major League Baseball’s leading vote-getter in 2017, has now received a starting nod in four consecutive All-Star Games, becoming the first NL outfielder to accomplish the feat since Ryan Braun (2008-11).
In the AL outfield, Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox led the way with 4,286,994 votes, followed by Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (3,682,164) and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (2,766,661). The 25-year-old Betts is an All-Star for the third consecutive season and has earned a second career starting nod along with 2016. He is the fifth Red Sox outfielder to earn multiple fan elections, joining Manny Ramirez (7), Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski (5), Hall of Famer Jim Rice (4) and Fred Lynn (3).
Trout earned his seventh consecutive All-Star selection and sixth straight fan-elected start, the first AL outfielder with six consecutive fan elections since Manny Ramirez (2001-06). He is tied with Hall of Famer Rod Carew for the most fan-elected starting assignments in Angels history.
Judge, the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year, received his second consecutive fan election, becoming the first Yankee to earn consecutive starts since Canó (2012-13). Since balloting was returned to the fans in 1970, the 26-year-old Judge is just the third player to receive a fan-elected starting nod in his first two seasons, joining catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. (1990-91) and outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (2001-02).
A pair of Chicago Cubs used the final stretch of fan balloting to secure their starting jobs in the NL lineup. Second baseman Javier Báez (2,757,401) surpassed Atlanta’s Ozzie Albies (2,625,401) in the final days and catcher Willson Contreras (2,172,682) held off San Francisco’s Buster Posey (1,918,966) for the top spot behind the plate.
Báez, who will make his first trip to the Midsummer Classic, becomes the eighth different NL second baseman to claim a start over the last eight seasons, joining Rickie Weeks (MIL, 2011), Dan Uggla (ATL, 2012), Brandon Phillips (CIN, 2013), Chase Utley (PHI, 2014), Dee Gordon (MIA, 2015), Ben Zobrist (CHI, 2016) and Daniel Murphy (WSH, 2017).
Contreras is just the second Cubs catcher to win a fan election, joining Geovany Soto (2008). Since 2009, the 26-year-old backstop is one of just two catchers (also Brian McCann in 2011) to unseat Yadier Molina or Buster Posey as the fan-elected starter.
On the AL side, Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles came out on top of a crowded field of shortstops in the closest race in the Majors, eclipsing last year’s fan-elected starter Carlos Correa of the Astros by less than 57,000 votes. Machado, a four-time All-Star, will make his first fan-elected start at shortstop after winning a starting assignment at third base in 2016. The 25-year-old becomes the first Orioles shortstop to earn a start since J.J. Hardy in 2013. In addition, he is the sixth different fan-elected starting shortstop over the last six years, joining Hardy, Derek Jeter (NYY, 2014), Alcides Escobar (KC, 2015), Xander Bogaerts (BOS, 2016) and Correa (2017).
Rounding out the NL starters on the left side of the infield is Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado.
Crawford, an All-Star for the second time in his career (2015), wins a fan election for the first time and becomes the first Giants shortstop to do so since Rich Aurilia in 2001. The only other Giants shortstop to accomplish the feat was Chris Speier in 1973. Crawford is the fifth different NL shortstop to earn a start in the last five years, joining Troy Tulowitzki (COL, 2014), Jhonny Peralta (STL, 2015), Addison Russell (CHI, 2016) and Zack Cozart (CIN, 2017).
Arenado won his second consecutive fan election, and is an All-Star for the fourth consecutive season. The 27-year-old is just the fourth Rockies player to win multiple fan elections, joining Todd Helton (3), Larry Walker (3) and Tulowitzki (2).
The remainder of the AL starters includes first baseman José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox, third baseman José Ramírez of the Indians, catcher Wilson Ramos of the Tampa Bay Rays and designated hitter J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox.
Abreu, an All-Star during his rookie season in 2014, is the first White Sox player to win a fan election since Hall of Famer Frank Thomas in 1996. In addition, the Cuban-born Abreu is 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).
Ramírez is the fan-elected third baseman for the second consecutive season. He joins Sandy Alomar Jr. (3), Kenny Lofton (3), Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar (2), Albert Belle (2), Manny Ramirez (2) and 2018 Hall of Fame inductee Jim Thome (2) as Indians to win multiple fan elections, and all did so in consecutive seasons.
Ramos, a native of Venezuela, is an All-Star for the second time in his career, following 2016, when he was a National League All-Star while playing for the Nationals. The 30-year-old is the first Rays catcher and just the fifth different Rays player overall 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).
Martinez is now a two-time All-Star (2015) and a first-time fan-elected starter. The 30-year-old joins David Ortiz (2005, 2008, 2011-13, 2016) as the only Red Sox designated hitters to win fan elections.
The nine AL fan-elected starters include representatives from a record eight different Clubs. 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 NL has had seven different teams among the winners on eight occasions, including the most recent occurrence in 2014, while the AL has had seven different teams represented 12 times, including last year for the Midsummer Classic in Miami.
THE STARTING LINEUPS (VOTED BY FANS)
ALL-STAR RESERVES, PITCHING STAFFS
|NL PITCHERS||Team||AL PITCHERS||Team|
|LHP Patrick Corbin||D-Backs||RHP Trevor Bauer||Indians|
|RHP Jacob DeGrom||Mets||RHP Jose Berrios||Twins|
|LHP Sean Dolittle||Nationals||LHP Aroldis Chapman||Yankees|
|RHP Mike Foltynewicz||Braves||RHP Gerrit Cole||Astros|
|LHP Josh Hader||Brewers||RHP Edwin Diaz||Mariners|
|LHP Brad Hand||Padres||LHP J.A. Happ||Blue Jays|
|RHP Kenley Jansen||Dodgers||RHP Joe Jimenez||Tigers|
|LHP Jon Lester||Cubs||RHP Craig Kimbrel||Red Sox|
|RHP Miles Mikolas||Cardinals||RHP Corey Kluber||Indians|
|RHP Aaron Nola||Phillies||LHP Chris Sale||Red Sox|
|RHP Max Scherzer||Nationals||RHP Luis Severino||Yankees|
|Felipe Vazquez||Pirates||RHP Blake Reinen||A's|
|RHP Justin Verlander||Astros|
|NL RESERVES||Team||AL RESERVES||Team|
|C Buster Posey||Giants||C Salvador Perez||Royals|
|C J.T. Realmuto||Marlins||1B Mitch Moreland||Red Sox|
|1B Paul Goldschmidt||D-Backs||2B Gleyber Torres||Yankees|
|1B Joey Votto||Reds||3B Alex Bregman||Astros|
|2B Ozzie Albies||Braves||SS Francisco Lindor||Indians|
|2B Scooter Gennett||Reds||OF Michael Brantley||Indians|
|3B Eugenio Suarez||Reds||OF Shin-Soo Choo||Rangers|
|SS Trevor Story||Rockies||OF Mitch Haniger||Mariners|
|OF Charlie Blackmon||Rockies||OF George Springer||Astros|
|OF Lorenzo Cain||Brewers||DH Nelson Cruz||Mariners|
|OF Christian Yelich||Brewers|
ALL STAR FINAL VOTE TOTALS
|José Abreu||White Sox||1,829,598||Manny Machado||Orioles||1,740,645|
|Yuli Gurriel||Astros||1,652,477||Carlos Correa||Astros||1,684,016|
|Mitch Moreland||Red Sox||1,202,639||Francisco Lindor||Indians||1,409,887|
|Albert Pujols||Angels||942,727||Didi Gregorius||Yankees||1,052,360|
|Yonder Alonso||Indians||719,199||Jean Segura||Mariners||882,934|
|Jose Altuve||Astros||4,849,630||Wilson Ramos||Rays||2,359,726|
|Gleyber Torres||Yankees||1,260,686||Brian McCann||Astros||1,379,944|
|Dee Gordon||Mariners||688,743||Gary Sánchez||Yankees||1,360,847|
|Jason Kipnis||Indians||542,702||Yan Gomes||Indians||776,344|
|Jed Lowrie||Athletics||390,385||Salvador Perez||Royals||739,923|
|José Ramírez||Indians||2,521,120||J.D. Martinez||Red Sox||3,035,619|
|Alex Bregman||Astros||1,654,316||Evan Gattis||Astros||1,416,554|
|Miguel Andújar||Yankees||1,218,457||Giancarlo Stanton||Yankees||1,288,237|
|Adrián Beltré||Rangers||830,128||Nelson Cruz||Mariners||853,037|
|Kyle Seager||Mariners||585,735||Edwin Encarnacion||Indians||802,273|
|Mookie Betts||Red Sox||4,286,994|
|Andrew Benintendi||Red Sox||1,412,173|
|Jackie Bradley Jr.||Red Sox||697,557|
|Freddie Freeman||Braves||4,039,219||Brandon Crawford||Giants||3,212,103|
|Anthony Rizzo||Cubs||2,015,274||Addison Russell||Cubs||1,805,856|
|Brandon Belt||Giants||1,136,523||Dansby Swanson||Braves||1,625,493|
|Cody Bellinger||Dodgers||917,425||Trevor Story||Rockies||1,195,018|
|Joey Votto||Reds||809,877||Chris Taylor||Dodgers||676,741|
|Javier Báez||Cubs||2,757,401||Willson Contreras||Cubs||Votes|
|Ozzie Albies||Braves||2,625,401||Buster Posey||Giants||2,172,682|
|Scooter Gennett||Reds||2,402,206||Kurt Suzuki||Braves||1,918,966|
|Joe Panik||Giants||724,775||Yadier Molina||Cardinals||1,670,300|
|Logan Forsythe||Dodgers||507,250||J.T. Realmuto||Marlins||1,366,995|
|Ronald Acuña Jr.||Braves||1,768,209|