Dozier, Suzuki need support to start All-Star Game
Second baseman flashing All-Star-worthy power; vote online through July 3
The Twins are preparing to host this year's Midsummer Classic at Target Field, but their top hitters will need a boost at the ballots for representation in the American League's starting lineup. For a second successive week, second baseman Brian Dozier and catcher Kurt Suzuki are the only Twins contending for a starting spot at this year's All-Star Game.
Dozier is currently fourth in voting at his position (360,089 votes), while Suzuki (337,704) has moved up from fifth to fourth at his position.
"It's still a ways away and stuff and I try not to think about that stuff," Dozier said about the vote. "We're just trying to win games and whatever happens, happens."
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout leads all AL players in votes with 1,361,649. Seattle's Robinson Cano leads AL second basemen with 726,158 votes, and Baltimore's Matt Wieters leads AL catchers with 842,775 votes.
Dozier entered play on Monday leading all Major League second basemen in home runs with 11. Suzuki, a 30-year-old veteran, is getting on base at a career-high rate (.367).
Six-time All-Star Joe Mauer, the Twins' ambassador for the 2014 All-Star Game, is struggling through a down year. His batting average (.267) is the lowest of his career, and he entered Monday having recorded two RBIs in his past 16 games.
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 11:59 p.m. ET. 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 8 p.m. ET 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.
Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.