SAN DIEGO -- In 1978, Rollie Fingers and Dave Winfield represented the Padres in the first All-Star Game hosted by San Diego. Fourteen years later, five players, including Tony Gwynn and Benito Santiago, joined the list of Friars to represent the host city.
Who will join that group in 2016 at Petco Park's first Midsummer Classic? The fans will have the first say.
If any of them are voted into the starting lineup, they would join Gwynn, Santiago and Fred McGriff as the only Padres to start an All-Star Game hosted by San Diego. All three took part in the 1992 affair at Jack Murphy Stadium.
The other side: Over in the American League, there's an extremely intriguing race for the starting third base spot, with the usual suspects -- Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson and Adrian Beltre -- piecing together fantastic starts. But Kansas City's Mike Moustakas has joined them early this season, having hit six homers.
Tip of the cap: In the NL, one player worth considering is Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, who played his college baseball at the University of San Diego. He may be a Las Vegas native, but it would be a homecoming of sorts for Bryant, who earned National League Rookie of the Year honors last season.
Rising star: Throughout his professional career, Tyler White has raked at every level. That now includes the Majors, as well. White took home AL Player of the Week honors for the season's opening week, and he's been a force in the Astros' lineup with an OPS over 1.000 and five homers.
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.
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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.
AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.