Marlins eye votes to make All-Star Game a hometown affair

Marlins eye votes to make All-Star Game a hometown affair

MIAMI -- The eyes of the baseball world will be on Marlins Park for the 88th annual All-Star Game on July 11, and the host Miami Marlins have a chance to be well represented.

The Marlins have a number of players worthy of All-Star consideration, and fans now have the chance to start voting for the starting position players.

VOTE: Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot

In 2016, the Marlins sent four to the All-Star Game in San Diego, with Marcell Ozuna getting the nod to start in center field. Ozuna was a first-time All-Star, and he moved into the starting lineup due to injury.

The Marlins have eight regulars on the ballot: catcher J.T. Realmuto, first baseman Justin Bour, second baseman Dee Gordon, third baseman Martin Prado, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, left fielder Ozuna, center fielder Christian Yelich and right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.

Stanton is a three-time All-Star, and Gordon has been selected twice.

Realmuto is emerging as a star behind the plate, and Yelich is regarded as one of the top young players in the game. Prado is a steady veteran.

The Marlins want fans to get out the vote for the 2017 All-Star Game. (Marlins)

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.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.