We’re less than a month from the All-Star Game in Miami, so it’s time to turn some attention to the guys who could be taking the field.
Aaron Judge couldn’t be having a better year. The Yankee rookie not only leads the American League in batting average and home runs, as of today he’s also the leading vote-getter for the American League All-Star. He’s basically a lock for AL Rookie of the Year, and if the Yankees do some damage in the postseason, he could even be in contention for AL MVP, and be the first to win both awards since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001.
The only player with more votes than Judge from either league is Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who, despite his dismal helmet throwing abilities, is the first player this year to receive more than two million votes.
The absolutely dominant Houston Astros (44-21) maintain a strong hold on the American League team, with Carlos Correa and José Altuve leading vote-getters for the middle infield spots, and super leadoff man George Springer looking to join Judge and Mike Trout in the outfield.
Cozart Has First All-Star Appearance, Livestock on the Line
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart now leads the Dodgers’ Corey Seager in votes for the National League’s starting shortstop, a recent change as Seager led for a few weeks. This would be the first All-Star Game appearance for Cozart, a fantasy baseball gem (mostly due to his batting average), and an opportunity for Cozart to add to his collection of farm animals. Apparently Cincinnatti teammate and fellow fantasy baseball darling Joey Votto has promised Cozart a donkey if he is voted to the All-Star team this season. Yeah, a real one.
So, take a minute to dream of gifts you’d buy your friends if you made an eight-figure salary, then be sure to vote for your favorite players for this year’s All-Star game.