The voting for the 2018 MLB All Star Game is finally upon us. The game will be held on July 17th in Washington, D.C. and voting begins tomorrow morning.
The Giants currently listed on the ballot are:
- Brandon Belt - 1B
- Joe Panik - 2B
- Evan Longoria - 3B
- Brandon Crawford - SS
- Buster Posey - C
- Austin Jackson - OF
- Andrew McCutchen - OF
- Hunter Pence - OF
I think it’s safe to cross the entire outfield off that list, and probably Joe Panik, who has missed half the season thus far. Which leaves Brandons Belt and Crawford, Evan Longoria and Buster Posey.
There might be a case for Evan Longoria in the top five third basemen in the National League in terms of offense, but I think Nolan Arenado is a shoo-in here.
Buster Posey is usually a safe pick for catcher based on reputation alone, but Yasmani Grandal has the better numbers this year. Wilson Contreras could be in the mix, as well.
Brandon Crawford could get in on the hot month he’s been having, but Asdrúbal Cabrera and Trea Turner have had better seasons so far. With the game being hosted in Washington, Turner could have an edge.
Which brings us to Brandon Belt, whose main competition would be Freddie Freeman, depending on which stats people are voting on, and both equally deserve it. But, Belt’s our guy, so we’re going to just say vote, vote, vote!
How, you ask? Via MLB.com online or on your mobile device or through the Giants’ team site.
Per the announcement:
Fans can vote for All-Star starters up to 35 times through the All-Star Ballot, including a maximum of five valid ballots cast within any 24-hour period. The ballot will be available in English, Spanish and Japanese, and will feature audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually impaired fans. Banco BHD Leon will once again sponsor online All-Star balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballots available to fans in the Dominican Republic via LasMayores.com, the official Spanish-language website of Major League Baseball.
So start stuffing that electronic ballot box as soon as possible.