With the first 2019 All-Star Game balloting update being released today, the Indians currently have four players within the top-10 of their position group. With the new voting format in 2019, players need to be within the top-3 at their position to take part in the one-day Starters Election on June 26.
Shortstop Francisco Lindor is currently sixth among AL shortstops and needs to jump New York-AL’s Gleyber Torres, Chicago-AL’s Tim Anderson and Boston’s Xander Bogaerts to make it into the Top 3 and reach the Starters Election.
First baseman Carlos Santana is sitting fourth among AL first basemen and needs to advance one spot to make it into the top-3
Catcher Roberto Perez and second baseman Jason Kipnis are both currently 10th in their respective AL position group.
AMERICAN LEAGUE BALLOTING LEADERS
.260, 19 HR, 37 RBI, .624 SLG
.263, 15 HR, 41 RBI, 41 R
Tommy La Stella
.315, 15 HR, 39 RBI, 39 R
.272, 18 HR, 44 RBI, 10 2B, 44 R
.333, 10 HR, 34 RBI, 18 2B, 5 3B
.296, 17 HR, 42 RBI, 15 2B, 50 R
.308, 17 HR, 43 RBI, 9 2B, 41 R, .643 SLG
.346, 12 HR, 38 RBI, 11 2B, 8 SB, .420 OBP
.296, 12 HR, 33 RBI, 12 2B, 36 R, .528 SLG
The voting period for “The Primary” concludes at 4:00 p.m. ET on Friday, June 21st. Later that evening, during the MLB Network Showcase telecast of the New York Yankees hosting the Houston Astros, the top three vote-getters at each position (and the top nine outfielders) in each League will be revealed on MLB Network, and they will move on to the second phase of voting. During the initial voting period, fans can submit up to five ballots per 24-hour period on MLB platforms, and can vote for every position, or up to 17 unique players per day on Google.
“The Starters Election” will begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, June 26th, with fans voting among the finalists at each position during a 28-hour window that concludes at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, June 27th. Results of “The Starters Election” will be announced at 7:00 p.m. (ET) that night on ESPN. During this second phase of voting, in which fans can vote once on MLB platforms and submit up to 17 unique player votes on Google, vote totals will reset (i.e., vote totals from “The Primary” do not carry over) and the winner at each position (including three outfielders per League) will be named a starting position player for the 2019 Midsummer Classic.