The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is seven week away as of today. Baseball players will get together to compare their mid-season forms, hash out important home run derby points, and decide the fate of whether the American League or the National League gets home field advantage in the World Series.
For the Detroit Tigers, Miguel Cabrera leads the American League All-Star balloting at first base, with 1,347,351 votes, and has the third-highest votes of any player on the AL ballot. At second base, Ian Kinsler is third, with 348,115 votes. Jose Iglesias is in second place for shortstop, with 826,382 votes, behind Alcides Escobar (1,191,268).
At designated hitter, Victor Martinez, currently on the disabled list, is fifth with 276,232 votes. Yoenis Cespedes is fifth overall in the outfield, with 668,059 votes, and J.D. Martinez has 245,736 votes, in 14th place. No Tiger has been voted into the top five spots for the catcher or third base positions.
Cabrera has a lead of over 200,000 votes, with Eric Hosmer coming in at 1,101,738 votes. Other players aren't sitting so comfortably, though. Iglesias is trailing by roughly 365,000 votes, and Cespedes trails Lorenzo Cain (No. 1), Mike Trout (No. 2), Alex Gordon (No. 3), and Adam Jones (No. 4) in the outfield. Being this is the first iteration of the poll, there's still some time for Cespedes to catch up, but J.D. Martinez needs significantly more help for a chance.
In the event that you haven't been paying close attention to the details of this year's soiree, here is your periodic update.
Where: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, Ohio
When: July 14, 2015 (The dinger derby contest will take place on July 13)
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Manager: Ned Yost
Manager: Bruce Bochy
Coaches: Bryan Price and Don Mattingly