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Tommy Pham: All-Star Process 'Never Going To Be Fair'

Jun 14, 2019 8:50 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have a 41-26 record and are one of baseball's best stories in the first half of the season.

However, Austin Meadows is the only member of the club that ranks among the top three at his position in the American League All-Star voting.

"We won't get credit, man," Tommy Pham told The Athletic. "It's always unfair. Big market vs. small market. It's never going to be fair."

Pham claims it's about the amount of exposure the big-market teams like New York and Boston get compared to the small-market ones like Tampa Bay.

"It's never going to be fair," he said. "It has to change because when you go into arbitration, that's a big thing that's talked about with accomplishments. Baseball has to be better to fix it. We're not getting any help either from ESPN. We haven't had an ESPN game all year. That's a way for fans to see us by putting us on one of those big-time games. But we continually never get put on, so all they see is the same players. The Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox -- the same teams are always on there.

"When you look at it, all right, we're in a small market, we're never on ESPN. We don't have a ton of national TV games. We're at a disadvantage."

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Cody Bellinger Leads All-Star Voting In National League

Jun 13, 2019 7:57 AM

Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger leads all Major Leaguers with 1,189,380 votes in the latest All-Star Game voting returns.

Christian Yelich, who has 1,057,855 votes, also received more support than American League leader Mike Trout (951,002).

These are the current National League leaders at each position:

Catcher: Willson Contreras, Cubs

First Base: Josh Bell, Pirates

Second Base: Ozzie Albies, Braves

Third Base: Nolan Arenado, Rockies

Shortshop: Javier Baez, Cubs

Outfield: Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, Ronald Acuna

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Mike Trout Leads All-Star Voting For American League

Jun 11, 2019 8:16 AM

Mike Trout leads all American League vote-getters by a comfortable margin in the latest All-Star voting returns.

The 2019 Major League Baseball Game will be held four weeks from Tuesday at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

The following players lead the voting at their positions:

Catcher: Gary Sanchez, Yankees

First Base: Luke Voit, Yankees

Second Base: Tommy La Stella, Angels

Third Base: Alex Bregman, Astros

Shortstop: Jorge Polanco, Twins

Outfield: Mike Trout, George Springer and Austin Meadows

DH: J.D. Martinez

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, All-Star, Misc Rumor, Stats

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MLB Unveils New All-Star Voting Process

May 29, 2019 9:10 AM

Tuesday marked the first day of voting for the 2019 All-Star Game starters.

The game will be held on July 9 at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

Major League Baseball has made some changes to the voting process this year.

The ballot will include two phases of fan voting to determine the starters: the Primary and the Starters Election. The previous voting process had the top vote-getter at each position during a single voting period advance to the All-Star starting lineup. Now, the top three vote-getters at each position in the American and National League (and top nine in the outfield) will advance from the Primary round to the Starters Election.

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Report: MLB To Give All-Star Prize Money

Apr 4, 2019 2:03 PM

The highest All-Star vote-getter in both leagues in the first round of the new fan voting system will receive a $15,000 bonus, according to details obtained by The Associated Press. That payment will go to the leading vote-getter at catcher and each infield position plus the top three among outfielders.

For all positions other than the outfield, the second-place finishers will receive $5,000 apiece and the third-place finishers $2,500 each.

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MLB Changes Include $1M Prize For Home Run Derby Winner

Mar 14, 2019 8:34 AM

A million-dollar prize for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented for this season as part of an agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLBPA, according to sources.

Overall, the Derby will carry $2.5 million in prize money.

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Alex Bregman Wins ASG MVP After Go-Ahead Home Run In 10th

Jul 18, 2018 7:06 AM

Alex Bregman was named the MVP of Tuesday night's All-Star Game after he hit a go-ahead home run for the American League in the 10th inning.

Bregman's home run was one of a record 10 in the game.

"There's a great love affair with both results. I mean, to kind of empty your tank and hit homers tonight at this event is probably the best thing imaginable," A.J. Hinch said. "Just to have that kind of emotion that comes with the home run, especially when the big boys hit it and especially when the [Houston] Astros hit it."

The 24-year-old is a first-time All-Star in his third season.

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Aroldis Chapman To Skip All-Star Game

Jul 14, 2018 1:03 AM

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has pulled out of the All-Star Game, saying Friday it was a difficult decision but that he wants to rest because of left knee tendinitis.

"Definitely a tough decision," Chapman said through an interpreter. "It's an honor to be selected to an All-Star Game. Your peers vote for you, the managers, fans and all that. And anytime you have an opportunity like that, you want to participate.

"But at the end of the day, it was the smart decision for me to help me recover and get ready for the second half, one that's going to be very demanding and very exciting."

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Zack Greinke Replaces Jon Lester On All-Star Roster

Jul 13, 2018 6:49 AM

Zack Greinke will replace Jon Lester on the National League All-Star roster.

Lester is due to start for the Chicago Cubs on Sunday and would be unavailable for Tuesday's All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington.

This marks the fifth All-Star selection for Greinke, who has a 9-5 record with a 3.39 ERA, 117 strikeouts and 23 walks in 114 innings.

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Jesus Aguilar, Jean Segura Win All-Star Game Final Vote

Jul 12, 2018 7:48 AM

Jesus Aguilar and Jean Segura have been named to the All-Star Game via the Final Vote.

The Seattle Mariners shortstop and Milwaukee Brewers first baseman won the online fan votes for the final roster spots on the American League and National League teams, respectively.

"It was unbelievable," Segura said. "I can't believe all those people around the world, the fans, the marketing, the organization, the people in Seattle, my teammates, even Felix [Hernandez] yesterday going around the city trying to get some votes for me. It just feels amazing. It feels special. You come from another country and you see how the people support you around the world, it makes it even more special."

The 89th All-Star Game will be held Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington.

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Max Muncy Says He'll Participate In Home Run Derby
Max Muncy says he'll take part in next week's Home Run Derby at Nationals Park in Washington.

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Buster Posey To Miss All-Star Game With Injured Hip
Buster Posey will miss the All-Star Game because of a lingering right hip issue that needs an injection to calm the inflammation.

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Chris Archer Calls Out Peers After Blake Snell's All-Star Snub
Chris Archer went public with his displeasure following Blake Snell's omission from the American League All-Star roster.

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All-Star Game Rosters Announced
The All-Star Game will be played July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

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Tim Tebow Named Eastern League All-Star
Tim Tebow is an outfielder for the Mets' Double-A affiliate.

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MLB Hoping Bryce Harper Will Participate In Home Run Derby
Major League Baseball is concerned about a depleted Home Run Derby field and would love for Bryce Harper to participate next month.

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Strasburg May Skip Future All-Star Games
Stephen Strasburg is sure a change in routine for last season's All-Star Game contributed to an arm injury.

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AL Beats NL In 10 Innings, Robinson Cano Named MVP
Robinson Cano hit a home run in the top of the 10th inning to give the American League a 2-1 victory over the National League in Tuesday night's All-Star Game.

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Aaron Judge Wins 2017 Home Run Derby
Aaron Judge answered the call on Monday night, winning the 2017 Home Run Derby on Monday night in Miami.

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Bryce Harper Wants To See Top Vote-Getters Pick All-Star Teams
Bryce Harper has an idea to make the Major League Baseball All-Star Game more exciting.

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Chris Sale, Max Scherzer To Start All-Star Game
Chris Sale and Max Scherzer will start for the American and National League, respectively, in Tuesday's Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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Brent Honeywell Leads U.S. To Futures Game Victory
The United States defeated the World team 7-6 in Sunday's All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park.

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Seven All-Star Replacements Include Cano, Archer, Osuna
Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood was added to the NL All-Star roster.

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Mike Moustakas, Justin Turner Win Final All-Star Spots
The final All-Star fan selections for next week's exhibition game were given to Mike Moustakas of the Royals and Justin Turner of the Dodgers.

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Clayton Kershaw Won't Pitch In All-Star Game
Clayton Kershaw will take his normal turn in the rotation for the Dodgers on Sunday, meaning he'll be ineligible to pitch in next Tuesday's All-Star Game.

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Logan Morrison: Gary Sanchez Doesn't Belong In Home Run Derby
Logan Morrison didn't get an invitation to next week's Home Run Derby and he isn't happy.

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Bryce Harper To Skip ASG Home Run Derby
Bryce Harper says there is "no chance" for him to participate in the Home Run Derby in Miami next week.

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Kenley Jansen Blames Dodger Fans For All-Star Vote
The Dodgers won't have any starters in the All-Star Game next week in Miami.

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2017 All-Star Starting Lineup / Roster Announced
The Nationals' Bryce Harper is MLB's Leading Vote-Getter for the 2017 All-Star Game.

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Giancarlo Stanton To Defend Home Run Derby Victory
Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby crown at his home ballpark next month.

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