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Vlad Jr., Josh Bell, Carlos Santana Fill Last Three HR Derby Spots

Jun 30, 2019 2:05 PM

Blue Jays rookie star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will become the youngest player in major league history to compete in the Home Run Derby.

Major League Baseball confirmed Sunday that Guerrero, Pirates first baseman Josh Bell and Indians first baseman Carlos Santana will participate in the midseason power showcase, filling three spots in the eight-player field.

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Christian Yelich To Compete In HR Derby

Jun 30, 2019 1:47 AM

Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich has thrown his name in the hat for the Home Run Derby.

Yelich, who leads the majors with 29 home runs, confirmed Saturday night that he will compete in the All-Star event on July 8 in Cleveland. The event will be televised on ESPN.

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2019 MLB All-Star Starters Announced

Jun 28, 2019 7:57 AM

The starters for this year's Major League Baseball All-Star Game have been announced.

This was the first year of the new Starters Election format, which included two rounds of voting.

The reserves for the American and National League will be announced on Sunday.

The starters are as follows:

Catcher - Gary Sanchez, Yankees & Willson Contreras, Cubs

First Base - Carlos Santana, Indians & Freddie Freeman, Braves

Second Base - DJ LeMahieu, Yankees & Ketel Marte, Diamondbacks

Third Base - Alex Bregman, Astros & Nolan Arenado, Rockies

Shortstop - Jorge Polanco, Twins & Javier Baez, Cubs

Outfield - Mike Trout, Angels, George Springer, Astros, Michael Brantley, Astros & Christian Yelich, Brewers, Cody Bellinger, Dodgers, Ronald Acuna, Jr., Braves

Designated Hitter - Hunter Pence, Rangers

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Mike Trout: MLB Asks About Home Run Derby 'Every Year'

Jun 28, 2019 7:48 AM

Mike Trout will not participate in this year's Home Run Derby, but that isn't because Major League Baseball isn't trying.

"Every year," Trout said. "Every year they ask me."

Trout is an All-Star starter for the seventh straight year, but he has always declined to take part in the event.

"Maybe one year I'll say to myself, 'Hey, let's do it,'" he said. "I'm obviously a big fan of watching it. It's just what it is. I enjoyed watching it as a kid, thought it was cool. I just never really wanted to do it."

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Latest AL All-Star Results Have Astros With Three Starters

Jun 18, 2019 8:37 AM

The latest American League voting results are in with the All-Star Game just three weeks away.

The current voting system will close on Friday at 4:00 PM EST. After that, the top three vote getters at each position will partake in a 28-hour runoff beginning on June 26 to determine the starter.

Monday's results had the following in the lead at their respective position:

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, Angels; George Springer & Michael Brantley, Astros

Designated Hitter: J.D. Martinez, Boston

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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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