Gomez needs late push for All-Star starting nod
Braun, Lucroy, Segura also still in running after latest NL voting update
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez lost some ground in the latest All-Star Game balloting figures released by Major League Baseball on Sunday.
Last week, Gomez ranked third among National League outfielders, putting him in position to start next month at Target Field. This week, Gomez has slipped to fourth, just shy of the current starting trio of Yasiel Puig (1,942,701 votes), Andrew McCutchen (1,727,534) votes and Giancarlo Stanton (1,659,430) votes. Gomez is next with 1,628,401 votes, followed by teammate Ryan Braun's 1,388,578.
"Personally, it's another goal I [want to] reach," Gomez said of the potential of being voted to the starting lineup. "It's really special. There's a long way to go. Still one month to play. I just want to continue to show the fans [so] they want to see me play in the game."
Other Brewers either held their position -- Jonathan Lucroy remained third among catchers and Jean Segura third among shortstops -- or dropped, with Aramis Ramirez falling to fourth among NL third basemen.
The Brewers are beginning to make a public push for Lucroy, who faces popular competition in Yadier Molina of the Cardinals and Buster Posey of the Giants. Lucroy has been the better player this season, his 3.3 wins above average and .896 OPS leading Major Leaguers at the catching position.
Molina leads NL catchers with 2,003,557 votes, followed by Posey's 1,414,363 and Lucroy's 1,138,212.
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.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
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 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 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, 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.
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