Posey aims to add another All-Star Game to resume

Posey aims to add another All-Star Game to resume

SAN FRANCISCO -- Catcher Buster Posey and outfielder Hunter Pence have an opportunity to add another All-Star Game appearance to their resume, as both are on the National League ballot for this year's Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati.

Posey's a two-time All-Star, having played in the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City and in '13 at New York. Pence, who is currently on the disabled list, has been to three All-Star Games -- '09 in St. Louis, '11 in Arizona and last year in Minnesota.

The other Giants on the ballot are bidding for their first All-Star recognition: first baseman Brandon Belt, second baseman Joe Panik, shortstop Brandon Crawford, third baseman Casey McGehee and outfielders Nori Aoki and Angel Pagan. For Panik, it's his first time on the ballot.

One Giant who'll be paying close attention to the voting is manager Bruce Bochy. As the skipper of the reigning World Series champion Giants, he will manage the NL All-Stars.

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.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.