Beltre, Fielder need All-Star ballot support

Beltre, Fielder need All-Star ballot support

CLEVELAND -- The first update to the fan voting for the 86th annual All-Star Game has been announced, and the third-place Rangers have just one representative: third baseman Adrian Beltre. Fans can help change that by using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Beltre ranks fifth among American League third baseman with 205,836 votes. He trails Mike Moustakas (1,261,769), Josh Donaldson (876,586), Pablo Sandoval (348,787) and Manny Machado (266,746).

Beltre is actually having a substantially down year compared to his recent seasons in Texas, boasting a .716 OPS that is nearly 100 points below his career mark. He has continued playing his strong brand of Gold Glove defense, though, and currently ranks sixth among AL third baseman in Wins Above Replacement, according to FanGraphs.

Surprisingly absent from the voting is first baseman Prince Fielder, enjoying an impressive comeback campaign after missing most of last season due to neck surgery.

Entering play Tuesday, Fielder led all AL hitters in batting average (.365), was second among first baseman in OPS (.992) and third in WAR (1.4). Yet, it's Miguel Cabrera, Eric Hosmer, Mark Teixeira, Jose Abreu and Albert Pujols that comprise the AL's top five in fan voting.

"I can't say enough about what he does and what he means," manager Jeff Banister said. "You can't overstate it, but you cant understate it either. The consistency from start until now, and even in Spring Training -- he was doing this in Spring Training."

Fielder has five All-Star appearances under his belt. If Beltre were to be elected, it would be his fifth.

The Rangers sent two representatives to the Midsummer Classic last season -- Beltre and pitcher Yu Darvish. This year's All-Star Game will take place in Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park.

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 11:59 p.m. ET. 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.

August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.