6/3/2014 5:29 P.M. ET
Goldschmidt needs boost for All-Star starting nod
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
DENVER -- Paul Goldschmidt moved up a spot in the All-Star voting, but he'll need more support from Arizona fans if he's to become the first D-backs position player to start a Midsummer Classic in 13 years.
Goldschmidt moved from fifth to fourth among National League first baseman in voting totals released Tuesday afternoon. With 490,659 votes Goldschmidt trails the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez (647,826), the Rockies' Justin Morneau (525,614) and the Braves' Freddie Freeman (511,177). Goldschmidt did jump ahead of the Giants' Brandon Belt (421,900)
Last year, Goldschmidt finished second in the voting behind the Reds' Joey Votto, who is not listed among the leaders so far this year and on the disabled list. Entering Tuesday's games, Goldschmidt ranked second among NL first basemen in OPS (.875), tied for second in home runs (10) and tied for the lead in RBIs (38).
Goldschmidt and left-hander Patrick Corbin were voted onto last season's All-Star team in the player's vote.
Outside of Goldschmidt, no other D-backs player is currently among the top 5 at their respective positions. Goldschmidt's teammate -- center fielder A.J. Pollock -- was on pace to warrant serious All-Star consideration before suffering a fractured hand last Saturday when he was hit by a pitch. Pollock, who had a slash line of .316/.366/.554 at the time of the injury, is expected to miss eight weeks after having surgery Monday.
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 7:59 p.m. MST. 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. MST on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and NL 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.
The D-backs have not had a position player start an All-Star Game since Luis Gonzalez in 2001.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.