Cano carries lead into last days of All-Star voting
Slugger hopes to edge Tigers' Kinsler for fifth straight start at second
HOUSTON -- With four days of All-Star fan voting remaining, Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has maintained a fairly comfortable lead over Ian Kinsler of the Tigers as Cano attempts to land his fifth consecutive starting spot in the Midsummer Classic.
Cano had 2,474,924 votes in the latest voting tally released Monday by Major League Baseball, with Kinsler at 1,603,185.
The National League's latest voting was scheduled to be released Tuesday, and the final selection of the full AL and NL teams will be announced Sunday at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN.
Cano was a five-time All-Star with the Yankees before signing with Seattle last offseason and was voted as the starting second baseman the past four years, while Kinsler was a three-time All-Star during his previous stint with the Rangers.
Cano has a chance to become the third second baseman in American League history to earn as many as five consecutive fan-elected starts, joining Hall of Famers Rod Carew (six straight from 1970-75) and Roberto Alomar (five straight from 1996-2000).
Cano would join Bret Boone (2001) as the only fan-elected starting second basemen in Mariners history, and he could become just the fourth Seattle infielder to receive an election from the fans, joining Boone, John Olerud (first base in 2001) and Alex Rodriguez (shortstop in 1997-98 and 2000).
At the time of the ballot update, Cano ranked second in the American League with a .367 batting average with runners in scoring position, was fourth with a .319 overall batting average and was tied for fourth with 30 multihit games, tied for sixth with 96 hits and tied for eighth with a .377 on-base percentage.
Cano is the only Mariners position player ranked among the top five in voting at his position, or top 15 in the outfield. While third baseman Kyle Seager has been red hot over the past month and has comparable or better offensive numbers than any of the league's players at his position, he still has not cracked the top five in voting.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league whom they would most like to see participate in the Gillette Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 5 p.m. PT on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the 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 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, 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 SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.