MLB All-Star Game 2013: What Fans Are Doing to Send Players to Citi Field

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MLB All-Star Game 2013: What Fans Are Doing to Send Players to Citi Field
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Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is the leading vote-getter for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.

The 2013 MLB All-Star Weekend is only two weeks away with the All-Star Game scheduled for July 16 at the New York Mets' Citi Field. 

There are two methods for fans to participate in the voting, which ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 4.

Fans can vote online at MLB.com or on the individual team websites. Paper ballots were available at every MLB stadium until the final week of voting. Fans can vote up to 35 times online if they connect their ballot registration with their MLB.com accounts.

The fan votes will determine 17 starters—the eight position players in each league and the American League's designated hitter. 

According to Mark Newman of MLB.com, the All-Star Game rosters will be announced July 6 during the All-Star Game Selection Show on FOX. 

The pitchers and reserves for both squads (totaling 25 for the NL and 24 for the AL) will be determined through a combination of player ballot choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers -- AL skipper Jim Leyland of the Tigers and NL manager Bruce Bochy of the defending World Series champion Giants.

After the rosters are unveiled, fans will have the opportunity to select the final player for each league. Each All-Star manager will choose five players and the leading vote-getter over a four-day period will earn the final roster spot. 

More than 275 million votes have been cast for this year's All-Star Game and the voting is expected to increase as many players attempt to make a final push into the starting lineup. 

As of June 22, Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is the leading vote-getter with more than 4.3 million votes.

Four Baltimore Orioles—first baseman Chris Davis, shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones and right fielder Nick Markakis—are on pace to make the AL's starting lineup. New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout and Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz round out the AL's leading vote-getters.

While some players have run away in the fan voting as of last week, including Davis (more than 1.3 million votes ahead of Prince Fielder), Cabrera (more than 2.3 million votes ahead of Manny Machado) and Ortiz (more than 1.7 million votes ahead of Lance Berkman), there are many close races that will be decided in the final days of voting.

Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is less than 900,000 votes behind Cano. 

Hardy has a lead of just more than 700,000 votes on Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Mauer has a similar lead on Baltimore's Matt Wieters

On June 22, Jones and Trout were separated by only 23,000 votes for the most votes among all AL outfielders. Detroit's Torii Hunter and Toronto's Jose Bautista were within 70,000 votes of Markakis, who was barely hanging onto the final starting outfield position. 

Among the close AL races for the starting lineup: Pedroia, Hardy, Mauer and Bautista deserve to start.

Boston's second baseman is batting nearly 40 points higher than Cano and draws more walks, strikes out less and gets more steals.

Hardy has eight more home runs and 10 more RBI than Peralta.

Mauer is batting nearly 90 points higher than Wieters and his on-base percentage is almost 115 points higher than his Orioles counterpart. 

Bautista has more home runs (19, compared to Hunter's four and Markakis' eight) and RBI than the other two contenders for the third outfield spot. Plus, his OPS is more than 100 points higher than that of Hunter and Markakis

In the National League, the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals each have two players on pace to start the All-Star Game.

Cincinnati has a monopoly on the right side of the infield with Joey Votto leading all first basemen and Brandon Phillips receiving the most votes among second basemen.

Yadier Molina is the leading vote-getter among NL catchers, and on June 23, Carlos Beltran led all outfielders by at least one million votes.

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had nearly twice as many votes as the next shortstop. 

New York's David Wright is on track to start at third base in front of the hometown Mets fans at Citi Field. 

Atlanta's Justin Upton and Washington's Bryce Harper were second and third, respectively, in votes among NL outfielders. 

Besides Tulowitzki, no starter can feel safe about his lead. Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt is 400,000 votes behind Votto.

San Francisco's Marco Scutaro and St. Louis' Matt Carpenter are within 350,000 votes of Phillips.

San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval is less than 150,000 votes behind Wright.

Giants catcher Buster Posey is 90,000 votes away from catching up to Molina.

In the outfield, Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez and Milwaukee's Ryan Braun are within 360,000 votes of becoming the third starting outfielder. 

Among the competitive races among potential NL starters: Goldschmidt, Phillips, Wright, Posey and Gonzalez deserve to start.

Arizona's first baseman has five more home runs and 29 more RBI than Votto

Phillips has more home runs and RBI than Scutaro and Carpenter combined. 

Wright has a better batting average and on-base percentage, as well as more home runs and RBI than Sandoval. 

Posey has more home runs and RBI than Molina, plus he has a higher on-base percentage.

Gonzalez has more home runs and RBI than Braun and Harper combined. Plus, Harper has played only 44 games this season, which means that Gonzalez, who has played 81 games, is more deserving of making the starting lineup. 

With only four days left to vote for the All-Star Game, the races for starting positions will come down to the wire. Make sure to vote this week before voting ends Thursday night.

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