Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that Aaron Judge, the baseball home run leader in 2022, and Mookie Bets have the highest number of votes in their respective leagues regarding the All-Star Game.
MLB released the first batch of fan voting for the Midsummer Classic on July 19 at Dodger Stadium.
The referee, the New York Yankees outfielder, led all the players with 1,512,368 votes. Three-time All-Star has been considered the leading player for the American League MVP this season, topping the league with 25 home runs. If the judge completes as the leading vote-getter, he will become the first Yankee to do so after Alex Rodriguez in 2008.
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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Bets has the second-highest vote in the Major and 1,446,050 highest vote in the National League. The 29-year-old has been competing for his first start-up assignment in the NL since he was a starter as a member of the Boston Red Sox in 2016 and his AL MVP-winner in the 2018 season. However, he came on the injured list with a right rib fracture.
Los Angeles outfielder Mike Trout was second in home runs (21) and third in the Majors with 1,295,854 fan votes. If the All-Star receives an early assignment nine times this season, he will become the eighth player in AL history to win nine fan selections with a single team.
Gerrero Jr., the first bassman and son of Hall of Famer to the Toronto Blue Jays, led all the players in the fan voting last season and was ahead of the pack in his place.
Toronto has AL-BEST Fives players who are eligible to go to the 2nd round of voting, with four players currently in the starting position – the highest number of starters in a single season in team history.
The Phase 1 voting period for the MLB All-Star Ballot will be open until 2pm ET on Thursday, June 30th. At 5 pm ET, the winners of the first two votes in each of the AL and NL positions will be announced on the MLB Network. Fans can submit up to five ballots in 24 hours on MLB platforms.