Padres need support at the All-Star ballot box

Padres need support at the All-Star ballot box

SAN DIEGO -- Despite a solid all-around start to the 2016 campaign, Padres outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. is not among the National League's leading vote-getters for the All-Star Game, which were unveiled by Major League Baseball on Wednesday afternoon.

In a release, MLB listed the top five vote-getters at catcher and each infield position and the top 15 outfielders. No Padres were among them.

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Upton entered Wednesday batting .255/.319/.408 with six homers -- two of them walk-offs -- and is tied for third in the NL with 10 stolen bases. Defensively, Upton's seven Defensive Runs Saved are third among all Major League left fielders.

Meanwhile, third baseman Yangervis Solarte was hurt by a stint on the disabled list that lasted more than a month. But for the 15 games he's been healthy -- an admittedly small sample size -- he's been the Padres' best hitter, batting .300/.397/.600 in 58 plate appearances. Over the past week, Solarte is 9-for-25 with three homers and three doubles.

Should any Padres be voted into the starting lineup for the All-Star Game at Petco Park, they would join Tony Gwynn, Benito Santiago and Fred McGriff as the only San Diego players to represent their club in a hometown Midsummer Classic.

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 8:59 p.m. PT. 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.