Welcome to the first (and much awaited) post on voting for the All Star Game! Most of you know that the game will be in Miami on July 11, but do you know who you want to vote for?
The first round of the polls have been released and this is all we know for now on who is a leader for each position.
Obviously, a lot can change from now until June 29th (last time to vote!!) but this is who North America wanted:
*Results from Tuesday, June 6.
*From Monday, June 5.
Who YOU Should Vote For Based on Last Week:
Catcher- Salvador Perez, Kansas City
Why? His 31 RBIs and 11 HRs are the best out of all his competition and his batting average is not too low to take him out.
First Base- Justin Smoak, Toronto
Why? Smoak has been doing great lately, especially in the home run department, and has a great start to June. He finished May with .280 batting average for that month and is currently at .389 for the five games in June so far. He also leads the first basemen with 39 RBIs.
Second Base- Jose Altuve, Houston
Why? Altuve is always a good pick because he's constantly putting in good seasons and was an AL MVP candidate last year. He leads the second basemen with 11 stolen bases so far and his average is .326, a pretty good one to have for someone starting on your team.
Third Base- Jose Ramirez, Cleveland
Why? Two Joses are better than one! Kidding! Ramirez has an average of .291 in 199 at-bats and has been starting more games because of how good he is hitting. His 26 RBIs and 7 HRs are not too bad to start off with either.
Shortstop- Elvis Andrus, Texas
Why? Andrus has the most at-bats out of everyone on here (223) and is managing to hit a great .305. He also has 32 RBIs, 14 stolen bases (tied for lead in AL), and 7 HRs, which are the best for offense.
Designated Hitter- Corey Dickerson, Tampa Bay
Why? His batting average (.336) is sixth in the MLB and since all he does is hit, that is a good reason in itself.
Aaron Judge, New York
Kevin Pillar, Toronto
Avisaíl Garcia, Chicago
Why? For Judge, he leads the MLB with 18 HRs and has 41 RBIs to go with his .324 batting average. He also is a rookie, which is impressive.
For Pillar, he is hitting decently at .270 and sees a lot of playing time in the outfield.
For Garcia, he is definitely good with a .330 and an on-base plus slugging percentage of .902, which means you can expect him to hit well and get on base.
Catcher- Buster Posey, San Francisco
Why? Posey ranks third in the MLB with his .345 batting average and continues to be the silver lining for the Giants right now. Posey is also the best defensive catcher in the game and deserves to start in the game again.
First Base- Ryan Zimmerman, Washington
Why? Is there even a question? Zimmerman has the best average in the game right now at .372 and also leads the MLB with 48 RBIs. His team is doing great right now and the fact that he is their best player is something special.
Second Base- Daniel Murphy, Washington
Why? Murphy is also having a great season (but when is he not?) and is hitting the ball well. (.340) He is doing better than his competition and is seeing the right amount of playing time to make sure that he deserves this spot.
Third Base- Nolan Arenado, Colorado
Why? Arenado has seen a great amount of at-bats and hits at a good .389. He also is tied for the lead with 14 HRs among third basemen (may I add that he's hitting better than both).
Shortstop- Zack Cozart, Cincinnati
Why? Cozart has the best average for all shortstops at .348, most home runs at 9, and most RBIs at 33. He may only have 184 at-bats, but he is making the most of them.
Charlie Blackmon, Colorado
Ender Inciarte, Atlanta
Marcell Ozuna, Miami
Why? For Blackmon, he is the NL Player of the Month and that should be enough. He won that honor because he hit .359 in May and currently has 13 HRs and 47 RBIs.
For Inciarte, he likes to get on base in games and does so with multi-hit games that gave him his .303 average.
For Ozuna, he is hitting .329 and has 40 HRs and 14 HRs this season. He is definitely a good option for someone who will hit for the National League.
Hope you can use these suggestions and help these players get in to the game they deserve to be in! Vote for the right people and it's okay to vote for favorites!
Summer isn't complete without baseball.