Seager, Ichiro need boost in All-Star vote

Seager, Ichiro need boost in All-Star vote

Seager, Ichiro need boost in All-Star vote
SEATTLE -- Mariners fans need to get out the vote if third baseman Kyle Seager and Ichiro Suzuki are going to make any headway in the All-Star balloting for next month's Midsummer Classic in Kansas City.

Seager is not among the top five vote-getters at third base in the latest American League balloting totals released Monday by Major League Baseball, despite ranking second to Detroit's Miguel Cabrera in RBIs among the top candidates at the position.

Ichiro remains as the only Mariners position player currently among the leading vote-getters. He's 10th among outfielders, where the top 15 are listed. Only the top five are listed at the other positions.

Seager, 24, is having the best season among Seattle's position players to date, leading the team with a .273 batting average, 38 RBIs and an .813 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). He leads the AL in two-out RBIs with 24 and hit his eighth home run of the season on Sunday.

Adrian Beltre of the Rangers currently leads the third-base balloting with 1,634,057 votes, with Cabrera second at 1,313,063. Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria is third, followed by Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and Mike Moustakas of the Royals.

The Rangers have five players currently in position to land starting spots in the voting: Beltre, catcher Mike Napoli, second baseman Ian Kinsler and outfielders Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. The other current leaders are shortstop Derek Jeter and outfielder Curtis Granderson of the Yankees, first baseman Prince Fielder of the Tigers and designated hitter David Ortiz of the Red Sox.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 8:59 p.m. PT.

Fans can also once again participate in 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 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 5 p.m. PT on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 AL and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again 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 MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.