MLB All-Star Voting Results 2013: Predictions for Final Vote Winners

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MLB All-Star Voting Results 2013: Predictions for Final Vote Winners
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The almost-complete rosters for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game were announced over the weekend, with a number of snubs and surprises selected to appear on both sides in the Midsummer Classic.

While 66 total players have been named to the American League and National League squads, there are still two more available spots, and fans will get to choose from 10 candidates over the next few days in which to fill them.

This is the All-Star Final Vote, a concept that was put into fruition in 2002 and remains in effect today.

Let’s take a look at the five men on the AL ballot and the five on the NL ballot, make a prediction on which player will break through into the All-Star Game, highlight the entire roster for both leagues and more.

 

AL Final Vote Candidates

 

NL Final Vote Candidates

 

Predicted AL Final Vote Winner: Koji Uehara, P, Boston Red Sox

Uehara is going up against four other relievers, but the Japanese hurler has a great chance of winning.

He is not only extremely skilled, but the nature of this competition skews toward popular players on big-market teams—especially those with an international fanbase.

Uehara is currently closing for the AL-leading Red Sox and is extremely adept at striking out batters. His 6.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio is one of the best in the majors, and the 38-year-old boasts a 1.93 ERA and has already recorded five saves.

With three Japanese players having won the final vote previously—including former Boston pitcher Hideki Okajima—it would not be a surprise if Uehara ends up packing his bags and heading to New York.

 

Predicted NL Final Vote Winner: Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

Puig is one of the most interesting and intriguing players to step onto the diamond in a long time.

The Cuban national has been playing professionally in the United States for only a month now, but he has already made a huge impact in his epic rookie campaign.

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As of July 7, the outfielder is hitting .407, has smashed eight home runs and has driven in 19 RBI. He’s racked up 50 hits in 123 at bats and is on pace to break a number of records if he can keep up this pace.

However, he’s hardly proven himself, and his selection to the All-Star Game would be one of the more controversial decisions in the history of the game.

It’ll be quite interesting to see how the fans and players react if the 22-year-old can pull it off and win the NL’s Final Vote balloting.

 

Complete All-Star Rosters

*Info for both NL and AL via ESPN.com

AL Starters

POS

PLAYER

TEAM

Appearances

C

Joe Mauer

Minnesota

6

1B

Chris Davis

Baltimore

1

2B

Robinson Cano

NY Yankees

5

3B

Miguel Cabrera

Detroit

8

SS

J.J. Hardy

Baltimore

2

OF

Mike Trout

LA Angels

2

OF

Adam Jones

Baltimore

3

OF

Jose Bautista

Toronto

4

DH

David Ortiz

Boston

9

 

AL Reserves

POS

PLAYER

TEAM

Appearances

C

Jason Castro

Houston

1

C

Salvador Perez

Kansas City

1

1B/DH

Edwin Encarnacion

Toronto

1

1B

Prince Fielder

Detroit

5

2B

Jason Kipnis

Cleveland

1

2B

Dustin Pedroia

Boston

4

SS

Jhonny Peralta

Detroit

2

3B

Manny Machado

Baltimore

1

OF

Nelson Cruz

Texas

2

OF

Alex Gordon

Kansas City

1

OF

Torii Hunter

Detroit

5

OF/INF

Ben Zobrist

Tampa Bay

2

 

AL Pitchers

POS

PLAYER

TEAM

Appearances

RHP

Clay Buchholz

Boston

2

LHP

Brett Cecil

Toronto

1

RHP

Bartolo Colon

Oakland

3

RHP

Jesse Crain

Chicago

1

RHP

Yu Darvish

Texas

2

RHP

Felix Hernandez

Seattle

4

RHP

Hisashi Iwakuma

Seattle

1

RHP

Justin Masterson

Cleveland

1

RHP

Joe Nathan

Texas

6

LHP

Glen Perkins

Minnesota

1

RHP

Mariano Rivera

NY Yankees

13

LHP

Chris Sale

Chicago

2

RHP

Max Scherzer

Detroit

1

RHP

Justin Verlander

Detroit

6

 

NL Starters

POS

PLAYER

TEAM

Appearance

C

Yadier Molina

St. Louis

5

1B

Joey Votto

Cincinnati

4

2B

Brandon Phillips

Cincinnati

3

3B

David Wright

N.Y. Mets

7

SS

Troy Tulowitzki

Colorado

2

OF

Carlos Beltran

St. Louis

8

OF

Carlos Gonzalez

Colorado

2

OF

Bryce Harper

Washington

2

 

NL Reserves

POS

PLAYER

TEAM

Appearance

3B

Pedro Alvarez

Pittsburgh

1

OF

Domonic Brown

Philadelphia

1

SS

Everth Cabrera

San Diego

1

2B

Matt Carpenter

St. Louis

1

1B

Allen Craig

St. Louis

1

OF

Michael Cuddyer

Colorado

2

1B

Paul Goldschmidt

Arizona

1

OF

Carlos Gomez

Milwaukee

1

OF

Andrew McCutchen

Pittsburgh

3

C

Buster Posey

San Francisco

3

2B

Marco Scutaro

San Francisco

1

SS

Jean Segura

Milwaukee

1

 

NL Pitchers

POS

PLAYER

TEAM

Appearance

LHP

Madison Bumgarner

San Francisco

1

LHP

Aroldis Chapman

Cincinnati

2

LHP

Patrick Corbin

Arizona

1

RHP

Jose Fernandez

Miami

1

RHP

Jason Grilli

Pittsburgh

1

RHP

Matt Harvey

N.Y. Mets

1

LHP

Clayton Kershaw

L.A. Dodgers

3

RHP

Craig Kimbrel

Atlanta

3

LHP

Cliff Lee

Philadelphia

4

LHP

Jeff Locke

Pittsburgh

1

RHP

Adam Wainwright

St. Louis

2

LHP

Travis Wood

Chi. Cubs

1

RHP

Jordan Zimmermann

Washington

1

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