'Humble' Goldschmidt seeking All-Star push

Slugging D-backs first baseman third in NL voting behind Votto, Belt

'Humble' Goldschmidt seeking All-Star push

ST. LOUIS -- Paul Goldschmidt is at or near the top of the National League in a lot of offensive categories so far this year.

When it comes to All-Star voting, though, the D-backs first baseman needs a little help.

Goldschmidt ranks third in the voting at first base behind the Reds' Joey Votto and Brandon Belt of the Giants.

After a hot start in April, Goldschmidt kept it going in May as he hit .376 with seven homers while compiling a .699 slugging percentage and getting on base at a .434 clip during the month.

Goldschmidt, who is the only D-backs player to rank among the balloting leaders, does his best to deflect any personal attention, and that's a trait that has endeared him to Arizona manager Kirk Gibson.

"He's very humble, he stays humble," Gibson said. "I think he understands you've got to kind of keep a level head and not get too excited over things. He realizes the journey that he's on -- how long it is and that's kind of one of the ways he leads, people watch him. He just continues to impress with his demeanor, mentality, preparation and performance. He's just really good."

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via a mobile device -- using the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, July 4, at 8:59 p.m. MST.

Fans may submit 25 online ballots during the voting period but can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, fans must be logged into an MLB.com account when submitting any online ballot. To obtain an MLB.com account, visit www.mlb.com and follow the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.

Fans can also once again participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league whom they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2013 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. MST on Monday, July 15.

The 2013 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 7, on the 2013 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 All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by freecreditscore.com 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 2013 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 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 84th 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 SiriusXM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

In-stadium voting at Chase Field will run through June 19.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.