Will David Wright start in his home ballpark or will Pablo Sandoval make another final week run to earn the start at third base for the National League? This is just one of the many questions looming as races for the 17 starting position players in the 84th All-Star Game, to be played July 16 at Citi Field in New York, again may be decided from the millions of votes being cast during the final week when fans will be casting ballots exclusively online via the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot sponsored by freecreditscore.com. This year's record-setting pace on MLB.com and the 30 Club sites has seen 275 million votes already cast. The 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot officially closes Thursday, July 4, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
Up-to-the-moment updates will be released via @MLB on Twitter during the final week, detailing which players gain the most support from fan campaigning and how the races might be impacted. Some of the closest races as of the last official update and players' designated hashtags are listed below:
American League Ballot
C: 1. Joe Mauer, MIN (#VoteMauer); 2. Matt Wieters, BAL (#VoteWieters)
2B: 1. Robinson Cano, NYY (#GoVoteCano); 2. Dustin Pedroia, BOS (#AllStarLaserShow)
SS: 1. J.J. Hardy, BAL (#VoteHardy); 2. Jhonny Peralta, DET (#VotePeralta)
OF: 1. Adam Jones, BAL (#VoteAdam); 2. Mike Trout, LAA (#VoteTrout); 3. Nick Markakis, BAL (#VoteMarkakis); 4. Jose Bautista (#VoteBlueJays); 5. Torii Hunter, DET (#VoteHunter)
National League Ballot
C: 1. Yadier Molina, STL (#YadiYadiYadi); 2. Buster Posey, SF (#VoteBuster)
1B: 1. Joey Votto, CIN (#VoteVotto); 2. Paul Goldschmidt, ARI (#iBackGoldy)
2B: 1. Brandon Phillips, CIN (#VoteDatDudeBP); 2. Marco Scutaro, SF (#VoteMarco); 3. Matt Carpenter, STL (#CarpenterSkills)
3B: 1. David Wright, NYM (#VoteWrightNow); 2. Pablo Sandoval, SF (#VotePanda)
OF: 1. Carlos Beltran, STL (#SavedByTheBeltran); 2. Justin Upton, ATL (#VOTEJUP); 3. Bryce Harper, WSH (#Brycein13); 4. Carlos Gonzalez, COL (#VoteCarGo); 5. Ryan Braun, MIL (#VOTEBRAUN); 6. Matt Holliday, STL (#HollidayIn); 7. Andrew McCutchen, PIT (#VoteCutch)
The 2013 American League and National League All-Star Teams and the 10 candidates for the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote presented by freecreditscore.com will be unveiled during the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell on Saturday, July 6, on FOX.