2015 All-Star Game Starters Announced

Leading Vote-Getter Josh Donaldson Sets All-Time Single-Season Voting Record, Edges Out AL Teammate Mike Trout for Top Overall Spot;
Bryce Harper Finishes as Top NL Vote-Getter, Sets All-Time NL Single-Season Voting Mark;
Four Royals Elected to Start, Tying AL Record for Single Midsummer Classic;
Todd Frazier of Host Cincinnati Reds Draws 3B Start for NL;
Reigning AL Batting Champion Jose Altuve to Start at 2B for AL;
Ten First-Time Fan-Elected Starters Marks Most Since 2005;
Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot Posts Record Total of 620 Million Votes

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, Major League Baseball's leading vote-getter, and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who led the National League in voting, will be among the starters in the 86th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The 2015 American League and National League All-Star starters were unveiled earlier this evening during the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN. Reserves, pitchers and Esurance MLB Final Vote candidates for the 2015 Midsummer Classic will be announced tomorrow night on the "Esurance All-Star Selection Show" on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

The AL All-Star Team has nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the NL All-Star Team has eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads - totaling 25 for the NL and 24 for the AL - are determined through a combination of "Player Ballot" choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers - NL skipper Bruce Bochy of the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants and AL manager Ned Yost of the Kansas City Royals.

Donaldson, who collected 14,090,188 total votes, set a new all-time single-season voting record, surpassing Josh Hamilton's 2012 total of 11,073,744 tallies. In addition, it marks the third time in the last five seasons that a Blue Jays player led the Majors in All-Star voting after Jose Bautista finished as the top vote-getter in 2011 and 2014. Since voting was returned to fans in 1970, Toronto is the first team to have different players finish as the top vote-getter in the Majors in consecutive seasons. Harper, who ranked third overall with 13,864,950 votes, set a new all-time NL single-season voting mark, topping the previous mark of 7,621,370 set by San Francisco's Buster Posey in 2012. Overall, the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot recorded 620 million votes, exceeding the previous record total of 391 million votes (2012).

Donaldson will make his second consecutive fan-elected start after earning the 2014 starting assignment while with Oakland. He becomes the second AL third baseman to earn consecutive fan-elected starts with different teams, joining Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, who won fan elections in 1992 while playing with Boston and 1993 as a member of the New York Yankees. Donaldson is the first Blue Jays third baseman and fourth Blue Jays infielder to win a fan election, joining Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar (1991-94), and first basemen John Olerud (1993) and Carlos Delgado (2003). In his first year with Toronto, the 29-year-old Donaldson ranks second in the Majors with 61 runs scored while hitting .295 with 19 home runs, 20 doubles and 54 RBI. In addition, he leads the AL with 174 total bases, is third with 29 multi-hit games and 39 extra-base hits. Entering play today, Donaldson has reached base safely in 32 of his last 35 games, hitting .296 with eight doubles, 10 homers and 26 RBI over the stretch.

Harper receives his third Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and his second fan-elected start (2013), becoming the first player in Nationals-era history to claim multiple fan-elected starting assignments. Overall, he is the fourth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat, joining Hall of Famers Gary Carter (1981-84) and Andre Dawson (1981-83) as well as Tim Raines (1982-83). Harper, the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year, leads the Majors with a .719 slugging percentage and a .470 on-base percentage, and is tied for second with 25 home runs. In addition, he is third with 60 walks, fourth with 60 RBI and fifth with 57 runs scored (most in NL). Overall, Harper is batting .344 on the season, which ranks fourth in the Majors. According to Elias, only two other players in Major League history have hit .340 or better with at least 25 home runs, 60 RBI and 60 walks through July 4th - Hall of Famers Frank Thomas (1994 and 2000) and Babe Ruth (1921, 1926-27, 1930).

Third baseman Todd Frazier of the host Cincinnati Reds received 9,233,686 votes, surpassing Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals (7,133,753) in the final week to earn his first fan election after being named an All-Star reserve in 2014. Frazier joins Hall of Famer Tony Perez (1970), Pete Rose (1976, 1978) and Chris Sabo (1990-91) as the only Reds third basemen to earn a fan election. Entering Sunday, Frazier is tied for second in the Majors with 25 home runs and ranks third with a .610 slugging percentage. In addition, he ranks third in the NL with 54 runs scored and seventh with 54 RBI. The 29-year-old New Jersey native is batting .289 on the season with 24 doubles, and he is the only player in the Majors with at least 20 home runs and 20 doubles.

In the AL, reigning league batting champion Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros reclaimed the top spot at second base in the final week, finishing with 9,634,464 votes to beat out Kansas City's Omar Infante (8,999,117). Altuve becomes an All-Star for the third time in his career (2012, 2014), and he is just the seventh player (10th time overall) in Astros history to earn a fan-elected start. He is the first to do so since Houston moved to the AL for the 2013 season, and he joins 2015 Hall of Fame electee Craig Biggio (1995-98) and Jeff Kent (2004) as Houston second basemen to earn a fan election. The other Astros fan-elected starters include first basemen Lee May (1972), Jeff Bagwell (1997) and Lance Berkman (2008), and outfielder Cesar Cedeno (1973). The 25-year-old Altuve is batting .302 on the season with seven home runs, 15 doubles, 35 RBI, 41 runs scored and an AL-best 23 stolen bases.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout received 14,013,021 total votes, which was the second-highest total in the Majors behind Donaldson. Trout, the reigning AL Most Valuable Player, will make his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and third consecutive fan-elected start after claiming the Ted Williams All-Star Game MVP presented by Chevrolet at Target Field in Minnesota last summer. Trout joins Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson (1982-84) and Rod Carew (1979-84) as well as Vladimir Guerrero (2005-07) as the only Angels to earn at least three consecutive fan-elected starts. Entering play on Sunday, the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year leads the AL with a .579 slugging percentage and is tied for third with 21 home runs on the season. Overall, he is hitting .300 with 18 doubles, 44 RBI, nine stolen bases and 59 runs scored. Trout is one of six AL players with four seasons of at least 20 home runs before his age-24 season, joining Alex Rodriguez (1996-1999), Ken Griffey Jr. (1990-93), Tony Conigliaro (1964-67) and Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle (1952-55) and Ted Williams (1939-42).

Joining Trout in the AL outfield will be Royals teammates Lorenzo Cain (12,399,127) and Alex Gordon (10,609,006). Cain, the 2014 AL Championship Series Most Valuable Player, will make his first trip to the Midsummer Classic as he and Gordon join Amos Otis (1973), Bo Jackson (1989) and Jermaine Dye (2000) as the only Royals outfielders to land a fan-elected starting assignment. The 29-year-old Cain is hitting .309 on the season with six home runs, 17 doubles, four triples, 36 RBI, 16 stolen bases and 47 runs scored. Since June 15th, Cain is batting .393 (24-for-61) with 12 RBI. Gordon, who earns his third consecutive All-Star Game selection and his first fan-elected start, is hitting .260 on the season with nine home runs, 12 doubles, 32 RBI and 29 runs scored. Gordon has reached base safely in 23 of his last 26 games dating back to June 6th. Cain and Gordon are the first pair of teammates to earn starts in the AL outfield since Boston's Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez in 2005. 

Rounding out the fan elections in the NL outfield alongside Harper is Giancarlo Stanton (7,036,537) of the Miami Marlins and Matt Holliday (6,362,653) of the Cardinals. Stanton, who was placed on the disabled list last weekend with a broken hamate bone in his left hand, earns his third career All-Star selection (2012, 2014) and first career starting assignment. He becomes the first Marlins outfielder to draw a fan election, and along with his teammate Dee Gordon, joins Gary Sheffield (3B, 1993) and Hanley Ramirez (SS, 2008-10) as the only players in franchise history to earn a fan-elected start. The 25-year-old Stanton, who finished second in NL Most Valuable Player voting in 2014, leads the Majors with 27 home runs and ranks second with 67 RBI. Overall, the California native is hitting .265 with 12 doubles, a triple, 47 runs scored and a .606 slugging percentage on the season. Holliday, now a seven-time All-Star (also 2006-08, 2010-12), receives his first career fan-elected starting assignment after edging out Nori Aoki (6,126,897) of the San Francisco Giants and Andrew McCutchen (6,012,205) of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 35-year-old, who reached base safely in a NL-record 45 consecutive games to start the season, was placed on the disabled list on June 9th after suffering a strained right quad. The Cardinals have now had a fan-elected starting outfielder in four of the last five years, following Lance Berkman (2011) and Carlos Beltran (2012-13). Holliday is batting .303 on the season with three home runs, 10 doubles, a triple, 26 RBI, 20 runs scored and a .417 on-base percentage.

Two-time AL Most Valuable Player (2012-13) Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers garnered 13,834,271 votes en route to his 10th career All-Star selection (also 2004-07, 2010-14) and third consecutive fan election. He becomes the fourth Tiger to earn three fan elections overall, joining Lou Whitaker (1984-86), Lance Parrish (1984-86) and Ivan Rodriguez (2004, 2006-07). In addition, he joins Whitaker and Parrish as the only Tigers to accomplish the feat in consecutive seasons. On Saturday, Cabrera was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his 13-year career with a left calf strain. Overall, the 32-year-old leads the Majors with a .350 batting average, leads the AL with a .456 on-base percentage and ranks second in the league with a .578 slugging percentage. In addition, the Venezuelan native has added 15 home runs, 16 doubles, a triple, 54 RBI and 43 runs scored on the season. Cabrera recorded his 900th career extra-base hit on June 26th, becoming the fifth player in Major League history to record at least 2,200 hits, 400 home runs, 1,400 RBI and 900 extra-base hits by his age-32 season, joining Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Jimmie Foxx as well as Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez.

Cabrera's NL counterpart will be Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who received 9,119,375 votes to attain his second consecutive fan-elected start. Goldschmidt becomes the first D-backs player to win multiple fan elections as the only other D-backs to earn fan-elected starts in the Midsummer Classic are second baseman Jay Bell (1999), third baseman Matt Williams (1999) and outfielder Luis Gonzalez (2001). Entering Sunday, Goldschmidt leads the NL with a .349 batting average and ranks second with a .466 on-base percentage and a .623 slugging percentage. He has also added 20 home runs, 18 doubles, a triple, 66 RBI and 15 stolen bases. The 27-year-old has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games (.315 with 12 RBI) and in 20 of his last 24 overall (.371 with 19 RBI).

Giants catcher Buster Posey will make the start behind the plate in the NL, marking his third career Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and second career fan-elected start (2012). Posey, who totaled 9,909,668 votes, becomes the seventh Giants player since 1970 to collect multiple fan elections, joining Barry Bonds (12), Will Clark (4), Matt Williams (3), Kent (2), Hall of Famer Willie Mays (2) and Kevin Mitchell (2). Entering Sunday, the 28-year-old Posey is batting .304 on the season with 14 home runs, 14 doubles, 57 RBI and 44 runs scored. His 57 RBI are fifth in the NL on the season, and he has recorded 16 RBI in his last 10 games and 21 RBI over his last 14 contests. During his current 10-game hitting streak, Posey is batting .417 (15-for-36) with four doubles and four home runs.

For the AL, Kansas City Royals backstop Salvador Perez tallied 13,747,294 votes to receive his first career starting assignment in the Midsummer Classic after making the AL squad as a reserve in each of the last two seasons. The Valencia, Venezuela native joins Darrell Porter (1979) as the only Royals catchers to earn a fan-elected start. Perez ranks second among AL backstops with 73 hits and is tied for second with 12 doubles on the season. In addition, the 25-year-old is hitting .263 on the season with 34 RBI and 26 runs scored. Behind the plate, he has thrown out 13 baserunners attempting to steal this season, which is tied for fourth in the AL. Since the start of 2013, has thrown out 59 would-be base stealers, ranking third in the Majors behind Toronto's Russell Martin (75) and Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy (60). 

In the AL's tightest race, Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (10,632,184) claimed his fourth All-Star selection (2009, 2013-14) as he held off Kendrys Morales (10,320,500) of the Royals. It marks the second consecutive fan-elected start for Cruz, who claimed the starting assignment last year at Target Field while with Baltimore. Cruz, who joins Edgar Martinez (1997, 2001, 2003) as fan-elected designated hitters in Mariners history, is tied for third in the AL with 21 home runs and ranks fourth with a .555 slugging percentage. Overall, the 35-year-old native of the Dominican Republic is batting .304 with 10 doubles, a triple and 40 runs scored. Cruz ranks first in the Majors with 12 game-winning RBI and is tied with fellow All-Stars Harper and Frazier for first in the Majors with 20 go-ahead RBI on the season.

Up the middle of the NL infield will be Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (7,574,750) and Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta (8,478,474). Gordon, an All-Star for the second consecutive season, becomes the first Marlins second baseman to win a fan election. The 27-year-old Gordon leads the Majors with 116 hits and 17 three-hit games, and ranks fifth with a .343 batting average. In addition, the speedster ranks second in the Majors with 29 stolen bases while leading the NL with 30 multi-hit games. Gordon has also added 16 doubles, four triples, 21 RBI and 43 runs scored on the season. Gordon posted his 100th hit of the season in Miami's 65th game on June 19th, becoming the quickest player in franchise history to reach the mark, eclipsing the previous best of 70 games (Luis Castillo, 2000). Peralta receives his third career All-Star selection (2011, 2013), his first career starting assignment and his first Midsummer Classic selection in the Senior Circuit. The Santiago, Dominican Republic native joins Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith (1983-92, 1994-95), Edgar Renteria (2003-04), David Eckstein (2005) and Rafael Furcal (2012) as Cardinals shortstops to earn a fan election. The 33-year-old Peralta is first on his team and ranks first among Major League shortstops with 90 hits on the season. In addition, he is tied for first among Major League shortstops with 11 home runs. With the elections of Holliday and Peralta, the Cardinals have now had at least one player elected to start in each of the last seven seasons (since 2009), marking the longest active streak in the NL.

Joining Altuve up the middle of the AL infield is Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who tallied 11,960,907 votes to receive his first career All-Star selection. He joins Fred Patek (1978) as the only Royals shortstops to earn a fan-elected start. Entering play on Sunday, the 28-year-old native of La Sabana, Venezuela is hitting .277 on the season with two home runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 28 RBI, five stolen bases and 38 runs scored. His 28 RBI are second-most among AL shortstops and his RBI total out of the leadoff spot ranks fifth in the AL. Escobar, who appeared in all 162 contests in 2014, ranks second in the Majors with 543 games at shortstop since the start of the 2012 season, trailing only Alexei Ramirez of the Chicago White Sox (550).

With four players receiving fan-elected starts, the Royals become the 10th team in AL history to have four players win fan-elected starting assignments. The others include the 1975 Oakland Athletics, 1981 New York Yankees, 1982 California Angels, 1987 Yankees, 1999 Cleveland Indians, 2001 Mariners, 2005 Boston Red Sox, 2008 Red Sox and 2011 Yankees. In addition, the two leagues have combined for 10 first-time fan-elected starters, marking the most since there were 11 in 2005.

The Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, the largest program of its kind in professional sports, for the first time, was conducted exclusively online. Fans around the world could cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites - online or via their mobile devices. During the voting period, which ended on July 2nd at 11:59 p.m. (ET), the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot was available in English and Spanish, and audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually-impaired fans was offered. Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese versions of the online ballot were also available. Banco BHD sponsored online All-Star balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballots available to fans in the Dominican Republic via LasMayores.com, the official Spanish-language Web site of Major League Baseball.

Following tomorrow night's announcement of each league's reserves, pitchers and Esurance MLB Final Vote candidates, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League's 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period. Now in its 14th season with more than 480 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their selections on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile phones.

This year's final phase of All-Star Game voting again will 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 can vote exclusively at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites - online or via their mobile devices - with the 2015 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote presented by Chevrolet, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year's recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy. 

The 2015 All-Star Game will be played at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, July 14th. The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.