Tulo makes Final Vote case by extending hit streak

Tulo makes Final Vote case by extending hit streak

DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is campaigning with his play.

Tulowitzki, who extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a first-inning single on Wednesday night in a 3-2 loss to the Angels, is one of five National League candidates for the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each League until 2 p.m. MT on Friday.

As of Wednesday morning's first voting update, Tulowitzki ranked second on the NL Final Vote ballot behind only the Reds' Johnny Cueto.

Tulowitzki ranks fourth in the NL with a .318 batting average. His streak, which dates back to June 15 is the Majors' longest active run, and he has reached base in a career-best 35 straight games. Tulowitzki is hitting nearly .400 since May 29, and seven of his nine homers have come during that period. That's the only message coming from this candidate.

"Can I have fun with it?" said Tulowitzki, who would join Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado and second baseman DJ LeMahieu at the All-Star Game if he wins the Final Vote. "You guys, knowing me, probably not. I'm not a big fan of it. I won't be sitting here campaigning for myself. I won't be shooting any texts, myself, trying to get myself in. If I gather enough votes from the fans, obviously, it'll be much appreciated. It'll be an honor, but I don't think I'll do much campaigning on my part."

A strong performance during the weekend put Tulowitzki ahead of the Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta, the fans' pick to start, in batting average and OPS (.845), and into the lead among NL players at his position. Yet, NL players selected the Giants' Brandon Crawford (third among NL shortstops in OPS at .860) to the squad as a reserve, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who will manage the NL squad, submitted Tulowitzki as a Final Vote candidate and not as a squad member.

However, Tulowitzki refused to enter a debate.

"I'll let you guys go ahead and compare the stats," Tulowitzki said. "My job is to go out here and play, play hard every single day, and help the Rockies win games. That's what I'm concentrating on."

Tulowitzki was headed for NL Most Valuable Player Award consideration last year before he suffered a season-ending left leg injury just after the All-Star Game -- one he started, after leading NL players in voting. The standard he set during the first half of last season might have hurt him in this year's voting.

"I don't know who the campaign manager is, but we've got to get one," said Colorado manager Walt Weiss. "Tulo got off to a relatively slow start by his standards, but over the last month, even five weeks, he's leading all of Major League Baseball in hitting. Slowly but surely, he's returning to form here. I'd like to see him get in there. It would certainly say something about the strength of our infield, having three guys in that game.

"In Tulo's case, he has set the bar so high for himself that anything short of an MVP-type season, maybe people look down upon. He's in a good place right now, been there for a while now."

Here is official information on his fans can vote for Tulowitzki:

• Fans can vote online now at Rockies.com/FinalVote or simply by texting N5 to 89269. Voting is unlimited during The Final Vote. The Rockies encourage the text-to-vote for its speed and ease in casting multiple votes.

• On Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. MT, voting will be expanded to Twitter. Every use of #Tulo will count as one official vote for Tulowitzki, That means each tweet using the #Tulo hashtag during this time will count as a vote during this time.

Voting is open now at MLB.com to select the final player for each League's 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each League until 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

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