With a very strong push last night, San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has moved himself back into first place in what has become a wild National League race of fan balloting in the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote (#FinalVote), held exclusively on MLB.com and the individual Club sites. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders (#VoteCaptainCanada) is vying to hold his lead in the American League from start to finish.
TWITTER VOTING UNDERWAY
Beginning at 10am ET, Twitter support from the 10 candidates' fans over the last six hours of balloting again began counting toward their final vote totals. Any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the AL and NL winners.
WINNERS UNVEILED ON A SPECIAL EDITION OF MLB NOW - TODAY, 4PM EDT
The winners will be announced today during a Final Vote-themed telecast of MLB Now featuring commentary from political analyst Jeff Greenfield, live on MLB Network and MLB.com from 4-5 p.m. (EDT).
UPDATING THE RACES
Belt's nearly 8.5 million votes pushed him ahead of Starling Marte (Pittsburgh Pirates) after the outfielder grabbed the lead from Belt on day two. Trevor Story (Colorado Rockies) maintained his lead atop the mobile text ballot and sits in third place, ahead of Jake Lamb (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers).
Saunders, a Canada native, now has amassed more than 15 million votes in leading the race in the AL race. With the Twitter vote, fans now have the opportunity to campaign and rally for the other four candidates chasing Saunders - in order - mobile text ballot leader George Springer (Houston Astros), Ian Kinsler (Detroit Tigers), Dustin Pedroia (Boston Red Sox) and Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay Rays).
As of 10 a.m. EDT, the complete 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote standings are:
- Michael Saunders (TOR) - #VoteCaptainCanada (A4)
- George Springer (HOU) - #VoteSpringer (A5)
- Dustin Pedroia (BOS) - #VotePedey (A3)
- Ian Kinsler (DET) - #VoteKinsler (A1)
- Evan Longoria (TB) - #VoteLongo (A2)
- Brandon Belt (SF) - #VoteBelt (N1)
- Starling Marte (PIT) - #VOTEMARTE (N4)
- Trevor Story (COL) - #StoryTime (N5)
- Jake Lamb (ARI) - #VoteLamb (N3)
- Ryan Braun (MIL) - #VoteBraun (N2)
For a regional analysis of the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, go to MLB.com's data visualization map. Click here to access the interactive map.
HOW TO VOTE
Voters also can use their mobile devices to cast ballots at MLB.com/vote or via text message. To receive the ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, fans can text the choice to 89269. EXAMPLE: Text "A3" to vote for AL Player 3 or "N3" to vote for NL Player 3. Message and data rates may apply. Text "STOP" to end and "HELP" for information. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010.
Baseball fans have cast nearly 600 million online votes since the program's inception in 2002.