CLEVELAND -- The first Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot voting update was released on Tuesday and surprisingly, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor was not one of the top-five vote leaders at his position.
The top five in the AL at shortstop were Xander Bogaerts of Boston, Alcides Escobar of Kansas City, Troy Tulowitzki of Toronto, Carlos Correa of Houston and J.J. Hardy of Baltimore. Entering Tuesday, Lindor had posted betters numbers than four of the five shortstops in batting average (.311), OPS (.789), OBP (.369), and WAR (2.1).
Another Indians player who has a similar case is second baseman Jason Kipnis. On Tuesday, his average (.270), OPS (.746), OBP (.318), and WAR (0.7) were better marks than Royals second baseman Omar Infante, who was second in the voting at second base.
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, in San Diego, 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.
Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.