Rays fans can send Longoria back to ASG

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Rays fans can send Longoria back to ASG

ST. PETERSBURG -- The 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot launched on Sunday and the Rays have several players who are worthy of consideration.

At the top of the list are Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe, both playing well this season. If Rays fans get behind the pair, one or both of them could get voted onto the American League roster.

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Longoria is a three-time All-Star, but he hasn't been to the Midsummer Classic since 2010. Writers covering the Rays voted Forsythe the team MVP in 2015 and he hasn't let up in '16. While he's not flashy, Forsythe always seems to get the job done.

Other Rays on the ballot are: catcher Hank Conger, first baseman Logan Morrison, shortstop Brad Miller, outfielders Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza Jr. and designated hitter Corey Dickerson.

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The other side: Over in the National League, it's hard not to be impressed with the Rockies' Trevor Story. The shortstop has been solid all season and he's demonstrated an ability to hit the long ball.

Tip of the cap: One guy in the AL worth considering is Manny Machado, who seems to get better every season. He's off to a fast start this year after hitting 35 home runs with 86 RBIs in 2015.

A rising star: One exciting youngster worth considering is the Indians' Francisco Lindor. He's exciting to watch in the field and brings some offense to the equation as well after hitting .313 with 12 home runs and 51 RBIs in his rookie campaign in 2015.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 times.

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 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard 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 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 87th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.