Giants seeking boost from fans in All-Star voting
Sandoval gaining on Wright at third base; Crawford, Posey still second
SAN FRANCISCO -- Earlier this week, manager Bruce Bochy was asked if he'd planned to contact National League All-Star Game manager Mike Matheny of the Cardinals to promote any Giants to be selected by Matheny.
His answer? He will. Just not yet.
Bochy's been in Matheny's shoes before; he knows Matheny has a lot on his plate. After the most recent voting totals were unveiled Sunday, it appears lobbying from Bochy may be the Giants' best bet to land multiple position players on the NL squad for next month's Midsummer Classic.
Despite their current status as the best team in the Majors, the Giants don't have any position players leading the voting at their respective positions.
Shortstop Brandon Crawford, catcher Buster Posey and third baseman Pablo Sandoval are second at their respective positions; Crawford trails the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki by 1.4 million votes, Posey is roughly 600,000 votes behind the Cardinals' Yadier Molina and Sandoval trails the Mets' David Wright by a little less than 80,000 votes.
Outfielders Angel Pagan, Michael Morse and Hunter Pence are seventh, eighth and 10th, respectively, among outfielders. Brandon Belt has the fifth-most votes of any NL first baseman.
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 8:59 p.m. PT. 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 5 p.m. PT 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.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
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.
Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.