Santana, Reynolds among leaders in ASG voting
Catcher, designated hitter rank third; online balloting runs through July 4
NEW YORK -- Indians catcher Carlos Santana boasts a blend of power and patience that has him in the running for his first All-Star appearance.
On Monday, when the first round of American League All-Star voting results was released, Santana ranked third in balloting among his peers. Cleveland slugger Mark Reynolds also made the cut, ranking third in voting for the Junior Circuit's starting designated hitter.
Santana has been one of the league's standouts at his position in terms of extra-base and on-base ability. An example of his keen eye came on May 23, when the switch-hitting catcher drew four walks in a rout of the Red Sox.
"That was unbelievable," Indians manager Terry Francona said at the time. "We were talking about that in the dugout -- the guys were, too. I can't imagine doing that, having the patience. Because he swings almost violent, and he doesn't miss that much when he gets to two strikes. And he takes his walks and he swings at good pitches. It's amazing."
Entering Monday's action, Santana was hitting .283 with a .390 on-base percentage, a .489 slugging percentage, eight home runs, 13 doubles, 22 RBIs, 31 walks and 31 runs in 51 games. Among AL catchers, his .879 OPS was second to only Twins backstop Joe Mauer, who led the voting at catcher with 863,450. Santana (547,873) ranked third behind Mauer and Baltimore's Matt Wieters (715,055).
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via a mobile device -- using the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until July 4, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Fans may submit 25 online ballots during the voting period, but can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, fans must be logged into their MLB.com account when submitting any online ballot. Fans without an MLB.com account should visit www.mlb.com and register in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free account.
Fans can also once again 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 2013 Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on July 15.
The 2013 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on July 7 on the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by freecreditscore.com on MLB.com.
The voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official 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 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
The 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field on July 16. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
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Other players listed on the All-Star ballot for the Indians include first baseman Nick Swisher, second baseman Jason Kipnis, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, left fielder Michael Brantley, center fielder Michael Bourn and right fielder Drew Stubbs. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall is also listed, but he is currently with Triple-A Columbus.
Like Santana, Reynolds was third in voting at his position. Reynolds had garnered 452,708 votes, but was a distant third behind Boston's David Ortiz (1,045,283) and Texas' Lance Berkman (672,547). Reynolds entered Monday hitting .250 with 13 home runs, seven doubles, 30 runs scored and 41 RBIs in 54 games for the Tribe.