Tulowitzki earns spot on Final Vote ballot

Rockies shortstop has a chance to join Arenado, LeMahieu in All-Star Game

Tulowitzki earns spot on Final Vote ballot

DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has the opportunity to win another election.

Tulowitzki is one of five candidates for the final player on the National League's 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans can cast their votes starting now from a list of five players until 2 p.m. MT on Friday.

Last year, Tulowitzki led all NL players in voting for the starting lineup. His slow start to this season cost him votes this time, but since late May, Tulowitzki has clearly performed at All-Star level. Now he needs fan votes to be added for his fifth Midsummer Classic appearance. If selected, Tulowitzki will join third baseman Nolan Arenado and second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who were added to the NL squad as reserves on Monday.

However, the competition will be tight. The other candidates -- as presented by Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who will manage the NL -- are Reds righty Johnny Cueto, Mets closer Jeurys Familia, Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez.

Tulowitzki, 30, entered Monday -- a day off for the Rockies -- fourth in the NL with a .321 batting average, behind only All-Star starters Paul Goldschmidt of the D-backs, Bryce Harper of the Nationals and Dee Gordon of the Marlins. But Tulowitzki is making a surge.

Since May 29, Tulowitzki has batted .392 with seven of his nine total home runs, a .447 on-base percentage and 26 of his 44 RBIs. His 18-game hit streak and 33-game on-base streak entering Monday are career-bests.

Tulowitzki is bidding to tie Todd Helton (2000-04) for most All-Star appearances in club history.

Tulo's three-run homer

Since the Final Vote program was instituted in 2002, the Rockies have had three candidates -- outfielder Larry Walker the first year, outfielder Carlos Gonzalez in '10 and first baseman Justin Morneau last year. None of those players won. The closest to earning the nod was Morneau, who led the NL race late in the voting, but Anthony Rizzo -- buoyed by the voting bloc of the large-market Cubs -- overtook him for the spot.

During the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 14, fans can once again visit MLB.com to submit their choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. Voting exclusively at MLB.com, online and via their mobile devices in the 2015 All-Star Game MVP Vote presented by Chevrolet, the fans' collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

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