Francisco Lindor's strong start to the season has stirred some debate as to whether the Indians' shortstop is developing into an MVP Award-caliber player in the American League. A start in the All-Star Game would help cement his place as one of the game's bright young stars.
On Monday, the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot was revealed, and Lindor will be looking for his second career ticket to the Midsummer Classic. Joining Lindor on the ballot for the Indians are first baseman Carlos Santana, second baseman Jason Kipnis, third baseman Jose Ramirez, designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, catcher Yan Gomes, and outfielders Michael Brantley, Lonnie Chisenhall and Abraham Almonte.
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Lindor went to the All-Star Game last year in San Diego, alongside Cleveland pitchers Corey Kluber and Danny Salazar. Following the Tribe's appearance in the World Series last year, Indians manager Terry Francona will be charged with managing the AL squad this summer.
Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 29, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.
Following the announcement of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
The 88th Midsummer Classic, at Marlins Park in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM will have comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.
Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.