Freeman, Braves seek late push in All-Star voting
First baseman among Atlanta players looking to move up before polls close Thursday
ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman received his first All-Star selection last year when he garnered more votes than any player in the history of the Final Vote balloting process. His hope to serve as the National League's starting first baseman this year rests on whether he will receive another overwhelming surge of support.
Freeman ranked fourth among NL first basemen when the latest All-Star ballot results were released on Tuesday afternoon. The D-backs' Paul Goldschmidt leads this group and has garnered approximately 1.2 million more votes than Freeman. The Brewers' Mark Reynolds and the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez both sit less than 100,000 votes in front of Freeman.
Freeman ranks in the top five among NL first baseman in batting average, on-base percentage, OPS and home runs. His .883 OPS trails the Nationals' Adam LaRoche (.923), Goldschmidt (.916) and the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (.894).
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Also representing the Braves on the most recent ballot update were Evan Gattis, Justin Upton and Jason Heyward. Gattis ranks fourth among NL catchers and has produced strong credentials to at least gain a selection as a backup. But he is expected to be sidelined until the second half of July because of a bulging disc in his back.
Upton ranked 10th among NL outfielders and Heyward 14th. Andrelton Simmons fell out of the top five among NL shortstops.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Gillette Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 6, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the 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 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, 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 will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.