Despite hot bats, D-backs can't generate All-Star buzz

Despite hot bats, D-backs can't generate All-Star buzz

Despite hot bats, D-backs can't generate All-Star buzz
ATLANTA -- Miguel Montero has had a great offensive month, but when the final All-Star balloting update was released today -- two days before voting closes -- Montero was still not among the top five vote-getters among National League catchers.

Montero is not the only D-backs position player missing from the latest voting update. Nobody on the team is among the top five at any position, and no outfielder is among the top 15.

Despite the results, Montero certainly did everything he could to help his All-Star case in June. He is hitting .323 with a .615 slugging percentage this month, and five of his seven home runs this season have come in his last 17 games.

Montero's surge in production has coincided with the D-backs rise through the standings. They are 14-7 in June, and have crept within 5 games of the first-place Dodgers in the NL West.

Right fielder Justin Upton has also helped his cause lately. Like Montero, he made his second career All-Star team last season, but started this year slowly before breaking out in June. Upton is hitting .324 this month, and has multiple hits in each of his last four games.

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 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 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.

Teddy Cahill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.