Gonzalez headlines Dodgers' All-Star ballot

Gonzalez headlines Dodgers' All-Star ballot

LOS ANGELES -- A torrid start to the 2015 season could propel Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to his fifth All-Star Game and first start since '11 if he wins fan balloting, which launched on Wednesday.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 8:59 p.m. PT. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.

Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.

Following the announcement of the 2015 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of All-Star Week festivities.

The 86th 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. Dodgers teammates joining Gonzalez on the National League ballot include Yasiel Puig, a starting outfielder last year who currently is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

New Dodgers Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick will represent the club for the first time at shortstop and second base, respectively, although Rollins was a three-time All-Star with Philadelphia and Kendrick was an All-Star for the Angels once.

Four-time All-Star outfielder Carl Crawford, who is currently on the disabled list, returns to the ballot after being left off last year when Andre Ethier joined Puig and Matt Kemp as the three Dodgers outfielders on the ballot. This year, Ethier is not on the ballot. Candidates for the ballot are submitted by the club and limited to one per position, including three outfielders.

Dodgers position players looking for their first All-Star berths are third baseman Juan Uribe, new catcher Yasmani Grandal and rookie outfielder Joc Pederson.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.