HOUSTON – The Astros are already up in the rankings and on Monday it was revealed that many players are also making a push in the All-Star ballot.
The Astros have the six best players in the American League finishing in the top three in different positions, suggesting that many could make it to Phase 2 of the vote, when the best voters face off for another flurry of votes.
Catcher Martín Maldonado, first baseman Yuli Gurriel, second baseman Jose Altuve, third baseman Alex Bregman, designated hitter Yordan Alvarez and winger Michael Brantley all landed at the top of their respective positions.
Altuve is in second place behind Marcus Semien (Blue Jays), and Brantley is ninth among the AL outsiders (nine would qualify for the next round). The other Astro’s are in third place.
In a lineup full of star power, Brantley and Gurriel split from the group. During Sunday’s games, Brantley’s .337 average was the AL’s second highest behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (.344), who leads all Major League players in the voting. Gurriel is in the top five in several offensive categories, including medium (fourth, .323), OPS (fifth, .928) and RBI (47, tied fifth).
The Astros and the Dodgers each lead their respective league with six best grades.
The 2021 Google MLB All-Star Ballot, available exclusively online and via mobile at MLB.com, all 30 club sites, the MLB app and on Google Search (US and Canada only), will be accessible until the voting for Phase 1 ends at 3:00 pm CT on Thursday 24 June.
On Sunday, June 27, the top three voters in each position (and the top nine outfielders) in each league will be revealed at 11:00 CT on the Google MLB All-Star Ballot Finalists Show 2021 exclusively on the MLB Network, and they will advance to the second round of voting. to determine who makes the All-Star teams and then starts for each league.
During the initial voting period, fans can submit up to five ballots every 24 hours on MLB platforms and can vote for each position or up to 17 unique players per day on Google.
A key element of the voting process is that when Phase 2 begins, the vote totals for the first round are not taken into account. So, for example, Altuve, who has 231,543 votes behind Semien, would start from zero at the start of Phase 2.
Altuve leads the Astros with six All-Star appearances (2012, 2014-18), while Brantley took part in four Midsummer Classics (2014, 2017-19). Bregman was selected for two All-Star rosters (2018, ’19). The rest of the group – Maldonado, Alvarez, Gurriel – have never been selected for an All-Star Game in their careers.