Deserving Blackmon 2nd in NL All-Star voting

Deserving Blackmon 2nd in NL All-Star voting

DENVER -- Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon's strong start has been noticed, and how can it not be?

Blackmon, who entered Tuesday's game against the Mariners leading the National League in RBIs (46), total bases (135), triples (7) and multi-hit games (23), has garnered 520,479 fan votes on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. That's second-most of any National League outfielder, with the leader being top vote-getter Bryce Harper of the Nationals, with 900,079.

The top three outfielders will compose the starting lineup for the 88th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami. Blackmon, 30, could make his second appearance in the Midsummer Classic. He went in 2014.

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"He's had a great month," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "Charlie, so far this year, statistically, has been one of the best players in the game. The stats don't lie, in this case for sure. He's done it on the field."

Blackmon's RBI triple

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, a two-time All-Star, is second at third base with 392,051 votes. However, the Cubs' Kris Bryant is the leader at the position by a wide margin, with 632,900 votes. No other Rockies player is in the top five at his position. Carlos Gonzalez is 15th among outfielders at 117,944.

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 9:59 p.m. MT. 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.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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