Dozier, Suzuki seek support on All-Star ballot
Twins' duo in top five in respective positions for Midsummer Classic
BOSTON -- The 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field is less than a month away, and the Twins remain in danger of not having a starting position player on the American League squad.
The fourth AL ballot update came out Monday, and second baseman Brian Dozier and catcher Kurt Suzuki are still the only Twins players among the top five at their positions.
Dozier entered Monday leading all second basemen with 15 homers and 55 runs scored, but still ranks fourth in the balloting among AL second basemen. Dozier has received 642,122 votes, while Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano leads with 1,513,052 votes.
Suzuki leads all AL backstops with a .304 average and 30 RBIs entering Monday, but remains stuck at fifth in the balloting for AL catchers. Suzuki has received 623,984 votes, while Orioles catcher Matt Wieters leads with 1,488,884 votes. Wieters, though, will miss the rest of the season with Tommy John surgery. Yankees catcher Brian McCann is second with 1,075,210 votes.
First baseman Joe Mauer, who will serve as the official ambassador for the All-Star Game, is not among the top five vote-getters at his position.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 10:59 p.m. CT.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
Other Twins on the ballot are designated hitter Jason Kubel, shortstop Pedro Florimon, third baseman Trevor Plouffe and outfielders Josh Willingham, Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Arcia. Kubel was designated for assignment to make room for Kendrys Morales last week.