These are all of the finalists for the Starters Election, which begins Wednesday at 9 a.m. PT and runs through Thursday at 1 p.m. PT. The winners will be unveiled on ESPN that night starting at 4 PT. All-Star pitchers and reserves will be announced on Sunday, June 30, at
These are all of the finalists for the Starters Election, which begins Wednesday at 9 a.m. PT and runs through Thursday at 1 p.m. PT. The winners will be unveiled on ESPN that night starting at 4 PT. All-Star pitchers and reserves will be announced on Sunday, June 30, at 2:30 p.m. PT, also on ESPN.
ST. LOUIS — Center fielder Mike Trout and second baseman Tommy La Stella were both named finalists at their respective positions as part of the first-ever Google MLB All-Star Starters Election ahead of the 2019 All-Star Game in Cleveland. But designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was not among the Top 3 among AL DHs, which means he’s not eligible to be elected as a starter.
Trout, who was the leading vote-getter in the American League with 3,370,499 total votes, is one of nine finalists among AL outfielders. He joins the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts, the Rangers’ Joey Gallo, the Yankees’ Aaron Judge, the Rays’ Austin Meadows, the Twins’ Eddie Rosario and the Astros’ Michael Brantley, Josh Reddick and George Springer.
Trout, a seven-time All-Star and two-time AL MVP, is aiming to become the first Angels player to ever be elected as a starter by the fans seven straight seasons. Trout, who entered play Friday hitting .302/.464/.653 with 22 homers this season, leads the AL in RBIs (56), runs (60), walks (66) and fWAR (5.2), among other categories.
La Stella, meanwhile, is looking for his first career All-Star game selection and is one of three finalists at second base along with six-time All-Star Jose Altuve of the Astros and two-time All-Star DJ LeMahieu of the Yankees. La Stella led the initial voting with 1,713,094 votes, edging out Altuve (1,629,148) and LeMahieu (1,312,490).
La Stella is in the midst of a surprising breakout season, hitting .301/.356/.512 with 15 homers and 41 RBIs across his first 69 games. The 30-year-old entered the year with 10 career homers in 396 games over five seasons with the Braves and Cubs.
Ohtani has also been productive this year, batting .275/.341/.497 with nine homers and 30 RBIs in 38 games, but missed the first month of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last October. Ohtani missed the cut as a result, garnering 775,030 votes, which placed him fourth behind the Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez (1,564,520), the Rangers’ Hunter Pence (1,054,282) and the Twins’ Nelson Cruz (974,788).
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