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MLB and the Cincinnati Reds Mark the Start of All-Star Balloting for Baseball’s 2015 Midsummer Classic
Major League Baseball today marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds.
MLB’s All-Star Balloting Program is the largest of its kind in professional sports. Nearly 160 million ballots have been cast over the past five years, including a record 40.2 million ballots cast in 2012. In addition, over 300 million votes were submitted in 2014.
For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online. Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.
During the voting period, the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot will be available in English and Spanish, and will offer audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually-impaired fans. Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese versions of the online ballot will be available in May. Banco BHD will sponsor online All-Star balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballots available to fans in the Dominican Republic via LasMayores.com, the official Spanish-language Web site of Major League Baseball.
“As we launch our annual tradition of All-Star fan voting, Major League Baseball and the Reds look forward to the upcoming celebration of the Midsummer Classic in a city known for its enduring baseball history,” Baseball Commissioner Robert J. Manfred, Jr. said. “Baseball fans represent the heart of our game, and through All-Star balloting, I am proud to bring the best that our sport has to offer to the great fans and community of Cincinnati this summer.”
Details regarding the unveiling of the 2015 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be available in the coming weeks. The AL All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the NL All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters. 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 – NL skipper Bruce Bochy of the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants and AL manager Ned Yost of the Kansas City Royals.
Following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period. Now in its 14th season with more than 480 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile phones.
This year’s final phase of All-Star Game voting again will have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans can vote exclusively atMLB.com and the 30 Club sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year’s recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
The 2015 All-Star Game will be played at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, July 14th. The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; 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 exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
As part of Pepsi’s “Real. Big. Games.” tonight, during the MLB All-Star Game on FOX, the brand debuted a national 60-second ad capturing a local hardball team in Milwaukee surprised with the experience of a lifetime – playing a game on the field at Miller Park.
In case you missed it, we’ve got it here for you:
Prior to today’s game, our four Brewers All-Stars Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy, Aramis Ramirez and Francisco Rodriguez, were presented with their jerseys by a representative from Majestic Athletic, Manager Ron Roenicke and President of Baseball Operations & General Manager Doug Melvin.
Congratulations once again, we know you will represent us well in Minnesota.
Tune in to the All-Star Game on FOX this Tuesday, July 15 at 7pm CT.
Earlier today, we announced the “My All-Star” Ticket Packages, which include a free t-shirt featuring one of the four Brewers All-Stars.
While the”My All-Star” tees are exclusive to those purchasing the package, we’re also pleased to note that we have official All-Star player tees and jerseys for each of our four All-Stars is in stock at the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park and on brewers.com.
Here’s a preview:
The Milwaukee Brewers today had four players selected to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It marks only the fifth time in franchise history that the team has had four All-Stars. Center fielder Carlos Gomez (starter), third baseman Aramis Ramirez (starter), catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitcher Francisco Rodriguez will represent the Brewers at this year’s Midsummer Classic, which will be played at Target Field in Minnesota on Tuesday, July 15 at 7pm CT.
In addition to the 2014 season, the Brewers had four All-Star selections in 1980 (Cecil Cooper, Paul Molitor, Ben Oglivie and Robin Yount), 1982 (Cooper, Rollie Fingers, Oglivie and Yount), 1983 (Cooper, Oglivie, Ted Simmons and Yount) and 2007 (Francisco Cordero, Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy and Ben Sheets). The Brewers have multiple All-Star starters for the seventh time (1980, 1982, 1983, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2014).
Gomez, 28, has been selected to his second All-Star Game and first as a starter. He was a first-time All-Star last season. Gomez finished second among National League outfielders in fan voting (4,068,745), trailing only the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen (4,519,440) and just ahead of the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (4,059,746). He is batting .299 with 13 HR and 45 RBI in 80 games this season.
Ramirez, 36, has been selected to his third All-Star Game and second as a starter. He started the 2005 All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Scott Rolen. He was also an All-Star in 2008. Ramirez had 2,318,611 votes in fan balloting, finishing ahead of the Mets’ David Wright (1,979,883). He is batting .287 with 11 HR and 41 RBI in 63 games this season.
Lucroy, 28, has been selected to his first All-Star Game. He was selected via the player vote, finishing first among National League catchers with 420 votes. Lucroy is batting .329 with 9 HR and 44 RBI in 82 games this season. He entered today’s game leading the National League in multi-hit games (31) and among the league leaders in batting average (2nd), doubles (2nd), hits (T3rd), on-base percentage (4th), slugging percentage (5th), OPS (5th) and extra-base hits (5th).
Rodriguez, 32, has been selected to his fifth All-Star Game. He was also an All-Star in 2004, 2007 and 2008 with the Angels and in 2009 with the Mets. Rodriguez was selected via the player vote, finishing second among National League relievers with 138 votes, trailing only the Braves’ Craig Kimbrel (190). He is 3-2 with a 2.34 ERA and 27 saves in 42 appearances this season while holding opponents to a .187 batting average. His 27 saves tied Kimbrel for the Major League lead entering today’s game.
With just over 24 hours left in the 2014 All-Star voting period and many tight races throughout the league, many teams and fans are ramping up for the final push.
Recently some folks in the office came across this video, created by Cardinals fans, positioned as a rebuttal to the Jonathan Lucroy “political ad” released last month and I had to share it with you here:
I’ve got to hand it to them. It’s quite clever and well done…but I also hope it re-“energizes and motivates” Brewers fans in the final hours of the race to help #LockInLuc and all of your other favorite Brewers for this year’s team.
And, in all seriousness, it’s truly been great to see fans and teams really get into the races this year, taking such great pride in their teams, players and hometowns–all in good fun, of course.
So, if you haven’t already, go out there and do your part! Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com through Thursday, July 3 at 10:59pm CT.
And, as a heads up for you loyal blog readers, you’ll want to be sure and follow @Brewers closely on Twitter tomorrow…we’ll be ramping up the final hours of the vote with #ThrowbackThursday photos and giveaways galore!
Then, on Sunday, tune in to the “Taco Bell™All-Star Selection Show” on ESPN at 6 p.m. CT, where the 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans will 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.
Aramis Ramirez Maintains Lead Among N.L. Third Basemen in Latest All-Star Vote Totals; #VOTEBREWERS through Thursday!
In the sixth and final All-Star update before the MLB All-Star rosters are announced on Sunday, Aramis Ramirez (1,790,777 votes) maintains his first place lead among National League third basemen, while outfielder Carlos Gomez (3,169,748) and first baseman Mark Reynolds (1,430,395) have moved into second place at their respective positions. Ramirez leads the Mets’ David Wright by 235,060 votes and Gomez trails Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates by just 4,062 votes for the overall lead among NL outfielders.
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy, currently second among NL catchers, has narrowed the gap behind St. Louis’ Yadier Molina. With 2,636,640 votes, Lucroy now trails Molina by 464,299 votes. Ryan Braun (2,509,770) remains fifth among NL outfielders and Khris Davis has moved up four spots to seventh among outfielders with 1,457,407 votes.
Around the infield, Jean Segura (1,729,054) ranks second at shortstop, trailing Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki, and Rickie Weeks is fourth at second base with 1,127,907 votes.
Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com through Thursday, July 3 at 10:59pm CT.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the “Taco Bell™All-Star Selection Show” on ESPN at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday, July 6. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans will 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.
Let this be a lesson in why you should always #VoteBrewers:
These Brewers fans were hard at work voting for the 2014 All-Star Game when they got a little surprise–Carlos Gomez sidled up beside them, checking to make sure they were voting for him and the rest of the Crew for the 2014 All-Star Game.
Brian’s reaction is priceless:
Have you cast your votes yet? Be sure to help send your favorite Brewers to Minnesota in July. Vote now at brewers.com/allstar.
Last week, during the Brewers at Arizona Diamondbacks game on Wednesday, June 18, we held a virtual balloting party on the telecast on FOX Sports Wisconsin.
Fans tweeting and/or instagramming photos showing us how they were supporting the #VoteBrewers effort had the opportunity to win tickets in FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Suite.
We were overwhelmed by the response and your creativity and had a tough time nailing down the winners, but ultimately we selected these six:
And last night, these winners came out to cheer the Crew on to their 7-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies from the Suite at Miller Park.
Here are some photos from the event:
Thank you to the winners and all of you for supporting the Vote Brewers campaign…so far. It’s not over yet!
Fans can keep voting for their favorite Brewers until next Thursday, July 3 at brewers.com/allstar.
ARAMIS RAMIREZ ATOP THIRD BASEMEN AS MULTIPLE BREWERS SURGE DRAMATICALLY IN LATEST ALL STAR VOTE TOTALS
In the fifth update of National League voting totals for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, several Brewers are surging to the top at their respective positions, making up significant ground compared to prior totals. Aramis Ramirez (1,279,902) has leapt into the lead among NL third basemen in balloting. Jonathan Lucroy is now second among catchers, Carlos Gomez (2,409,860) is third in the outfield and Ryan Braun (1,974,845) is fifth among outfielders in the hunt for an All-Star Game start.
Ramirez has played in 52 games this season and is batting .297 with 10 HR and 38 RBI. Ramirez has 15 total multi-hit games, including seven, 3-hit games this year. Since being reinstated from the disabled list, Ramirez is batting .377 with 5 home runs and 17 RBI in those 18 games.
Lucroy has moved ahead of San Francisco’s Buster Posey and trails only the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina. Lucroy is among NL leaders in multi-hit games (T-1st, 28), doubles (2nd, 26), batting average (2nd, .331), hits (2nd, 91), on-base percentage (7th, .397) and slugging percentage (8th, .520). Gomez is currently on a career-high 18-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in a Major League-best 35 consecutive games. Gomez is among the National League leaders in total bases (4th, 148), slugging percentage (4th, .532), batting average (5th, .217), runs (T-5th, 50), hits (6th, 88), extra-base hits (T-6th, 34), OPS (8th, .914) and doubles (8th, 20).
Jean Segura (1,272,273 votes) ranks second at shortstop, trailing Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki, Rickie Weeks is in fourth place at second base with 849,316 votes and Mark Reynolds (1,067,419) has moved into fourth place at first base. In addition, Khris Davis (1,052,946 votes) moved up a spot to 11th in the outfield.
Remember, you can vote 25 times online or on a mobile device with the 2014 All-Star Game ballot at brewers.com/allstar. Vote with your MLB.com account and you can cast up to 10 more ballots for your favorite players.
Online voting ends July 3 at 11:59 p.m. ET, so get your ballots in today and be sure to watch the 2014 All-Star Game, July 15 on FOX.