MLB, Royals start of balloting for the 83rd All-Star Game

     Major League Baseball today marked the ceremonial start of All-Star Balloting for the 83rd All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 10th at Kauffman Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Royals.  Major League Baseball, the Firestone brand and the Royals hosted a press conference today at Kauffman Stadium, which included Tim Brosnan, Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President, Business; David Glass, the Chairman/Owner of the Kansas City Royals; the Honorable Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City; the Honorable Mike Sanders, Jackson County Executive; Hall of Famer George Brett, a 13-time American League All-Star and MLB All-Star Summer Ambassador; and Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, the MLB All-Star FanFest Spokesperson.  Balloting will officially begin on Friday, April 20th, when the Royals host the Toronto Blue Jays.

      MLB’s All-Star Balloting Program is the largest of its kind in professional sports, and last year produced a record-shattering total of 32.5 million ballots cast.  More than 20 million Firestone All-Star ballots will be distributed at the 30 Major League ballparks, each of which will have 23 dates for balloting, and in approximately 100 Minor League ballparks.  Also starting tomorrow, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times exclusively at and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2012 All-Star Game Ballot.  During the voting period, the All-Star Game Ballot will be available in English, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Chinese versions of the online ballot and will offer audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually-impaired fans.

      Every Major Club will have begun its in-stadium balloting no later than Tuesday, May 8th.  When the in-stadium phase of balloting concludes on Friday, June 22nd, fans will have the opportunity to cast their ballots exclusively online at, the 30 Club Web sites and their mobile devices until Thursday, June 28th at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

      Firestone, the official tire of MLB, is once again the exclusive sponsor of the 2012 In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program.  The ballot features an All-Star sweepstakes, in which a winner will be rewarded with a trip for two to MLB All-Star Week, including airfare, hotel accommodations, tickets to the All-Star Game and other MLB All-Star Week events. 

      Scotts, the official lawn care company of MLB, is once again the sponsor of the retail All-Star Balloting Program, which launches on May 4th in select Lowe’s stores and Chevrolet dealerships across the country.  The Scotts ballot will include an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a baseball field makeover using Scotts products for your community. 

      Banco BHD will sponsor All-Star Balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballots available to fans in the Dominican Republic via, the official Spanish-language Web site of Major League Baseball, and at All-Star Balloting terminals across more than 80 branches, beginning in May.  Coors Light will provide offline All-Star Balloting in 60 Wal-Mart and Amigo convenience stores throughout Puerto Rico, from May 1st-June 10th.

      Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig said: “As we aim for another record year of All-Star Balloting, today’s festivities at Kauffman Stadium represent the beginning of our efforts to bring the excitement of the Midsummer Classic to the wonderful fans of Kansas City.  Today’s players are carrying on the legacy of George Brett and the other greats of the game, and we are delighted to bring the All-Star Game to Kansas City for the first time since 1973.”

      For the fourth consecutive year, this year’s ballot will feature the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll.  Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each League who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby.  The Fan Poll also will be available online at  The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby, part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/7:00 p.m. (CDT) on Monday, July 9th.  The 10 American League candidates are Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays; Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers; the winner of the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees; the winner of the 2009 State Farm Home Run Derby, Prince Fielder of the Tigers; Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers; Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox; Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays; the winner of the 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby, David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox; Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; and Mark Reynolds of the Baltimore Orioles.  The 10 National League candidates are Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers; Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals; Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins; Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies; Dan Uggla of the Atlanta Braves; Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks; Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds; David Wright of the New York Mets; and Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals.

      The 2012 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1st on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell, televised nationally on TBS.  The A.L. All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the N.L. All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters.  The pitchers and reserves for both squads – totaling 25 for the N.L. and 24 for the A.L. – will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers – A.L. skipper Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers and N.L. manager Tony La Russa – in conjunction with Major League Baseball.

      Immediately following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters on Sunday, July 1st, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote.  Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over a four-day period and the winners will be announced after the voting concludes on Thursday, July 5th.  Now in its eighth year, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on their mobile phones.

      The final phase of All-Star Game voting again will have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet.  During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at via the 2012 All-Star Game MVP Vote, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year’s recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy. 

      The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10th.  The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed.  Pregame ceremonies will begin at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/7:00 p.m. (CDT).  ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game.  MLB Network, and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.  For more information, please visit or