Election ’16: Vote Dodgers for the All-Star Game now

By Cary Osborne

The polls are open.

Today is the first official day fans can vote for Dodgers for the 87th All-Star Game via MLB.com and all 30 Major League club sites, including dodgers.com/vote. Fans can vote up to 35 times (with a maximum of five valid ballots cast in any 24-hour period), and it is the second season in a row where voting will be conducted exclusively online.

Of the eight Dodgers on the ballot, released today, for the July 12 All-Star Game in San Diego, six have been selected to a previous Midsummer Classic, and together they have tallied 15 All-Star Games.

Justin Turner, who was statistically one of the best third basemen in baseball from 2014-15 (first in batting average: .327, on-base percentage: .915, and OPS: .915, among third basemen, minimum 550 at-bats), and rookie Corey Seager are the only Dodgers on the ballot who have yet to be an All-Star.

Chase Utley (six) and Adrian Gonzalez (five) lead the Dodgers in selections, followed by one-timers Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick.

Kendrick, who has five starts in left field in 2016, is on the All-Star ballot for the first time as an outfielder.

The Dodgers had five All-Stars last year in Cincinnati — Clayton Kershaw, Gonzalez, Grandal, Pederson and Zack Greinke. Pederson became the first Dodger rookie to start in an All-Star Game. He was inserted into the starting lineup after Matt Holliday had to pull out with an injury.

Puig (2014) was the last Dodger elected by the fans to All-Star Team.

1 Comment

Only five votes a day? It will help me keep from falling into black holes of voting and ruining my plans to get things done those days but I’ll need an email from the club to keep unread as a reminder to vote six more days.

With apologies to Howie, we need a campaign to get Kiké selected as a write-in vote. Howie hasn’t played that much, and Kiké has been playing his tail off, not just being a reliable bat and glove but making several amazing plays like last night’s catch against CarGo.

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