NEW YORK -- David Wright had made five consecutive National League All-Star teams and started in two straight Midsummer Classics, before a back injury and an inconsistent season kept him off the roster last summer.
Now, Wright is off to a torrid start and looking to put a sixth All-Star selection on his resume, perhaps even a fifth career start at third base. Wright is one of eight Mets position players on the 2012 All-Star ballot, which launched Friday on MLB.com.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll, and will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm 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 Monday, July 9.
The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 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 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.
And 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 2012 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 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, 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 Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.
In-stadium paper balloting at Citi Field runs from Tuesday through June 16.
Though Wright missed three games earlier this month with a fractured right pinkie finger that threatened to land him on the disabled list, he hit a home run in his first at-bat back and has not cooled since. Wright set a franchise record by reaching base at least twice in each of his first eight games of the season, and ranks among the league leaders in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging.
Joining Wright on this year's ballot are Mets first baseman Ike Davis, second baseman Daniel Murphy, shortstop Ruben Tejada, catcher Josh Thole and outfielders Jason Bay, Andres Torres and Lucas Duda. Both of the club's representatives in last year's game, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes, are no longer on the team.