Crawford making case for ASG inclusion

Crawford making case for ASG inclusion

SAN FRANCISCO -- With online-only voting for the 2014 All-Star Game commencing on Thursday, things are coming down to the wire. The Giants have the National League's second-best record, but no players atop any position in the voting.

Shortstop Brandon Crawford is one of three players -- Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval being the others -- in third. Crawford trails the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki by just more than 2,000,000 votes and the Brewers' Jean Segura by roughly 180,000.

Although the Giants have maintained throughout the season that they don't care about All-Star appearances, Crawford's career season has given him a legitimate case for inclusion. His 36 RBIs are nine shy of his career high, and he's hitting .338 against lefties this season, to go along with eight triples, which is tied for second most in the Majors.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.

Chris Haft is a reporter for Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.