Kubel needs a boost in All-Star vote

Kubel needs a boost in All-Star vote

Kubel needs a boost in All-Star vote
PHOENIX -- A look at some familiar faces in the American League of late has helped D-backs outfielder Jason Kubel surge statistically.

Kubel, though, will need a surge at the ballot box if he is to have a shot at representing the D-backs at the All-Star Game.

In the latest All-Star Game vote totals, which were released Tuesday, the D-backs do not have a player ranked in the top 5 at any position -- or top 15 among outfielders.

Kubel was signed to a two-year contract this winter. It was somewhat of a surprising move given the D-backs already had a Gold Glove Award winner in left in Gerardo Parra.

Arizona general manager Kevin Towers, though, said he could not pass up the chance to add a bat of Kubel's caliber to the lineup.

As a bonus, Kubel has also excelled in the field. Two-thirds of the way through June, the veteran was atop the NL in outfield assists.

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. MST.

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 they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 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. MST on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League 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.

And the voting doesn't end there. 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 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

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. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide 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 allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.