Mariners News: All-Star Voting Ends Tomorrow, How Are the M’s Faring?


Where do your Mariners stand in All-Star Voting?

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day to cast your All-Star ballots already. The latest ballot update was released on Monday, and no Mariners top any positions.

Robinson Cano is second among second baseman behind Jose Altuve of the Astros. Altuve has a better slash line of .350/.427/.559 compared to Cano’s .303/.358/.549 and leads him in hits, 107 to 96. Cano leads Altuve in homeruns 19 to 13, RBIs 54 to 45, and total bases 174 to 171. It’s no surprise that Cano leads Altuve in the power department, but Altuve has still been the better player all around. Cano is nearly 1 million votes back of Altuve, but still has a better chance of getting in than Nelson Cruz.

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Cruz is in fifth place among designated hitters with 799,967 votes, trailing first place David Ortiz who has 3,400,200 votes. Cruz has ben having another solid year, but Ortiz has been off the chart, having one of the greatest final seasons ever. Ortiz has a slash of .337/.433/.678 with 18 homeruns and 63 RBI compared to Cruz’s .284/.367/.537 with 20 homeruns and 53 RBI. We’d all love to see Cruz representing the Mariners in the All-Star game, but in all honesty, Ortiz deserves the starting nod.

Here is the ballot update as of June 27th via a tweet from Seattle Times beat reporter Ryan Divish:

Some other takeaways from this most recent ballot update is looking at where some former Mariners stand. It would seem as though getting out of Seattle has helped Justin Smoak earn quite a few votes. He sits in fourth place among AL first basemen with 772,948 votes, despite having just another Justin Smoak year, hitting .242/.343/.401 with 7 homeruns and 20 RBI.

Another former Mariner currently faring well is current Royal, Kendrys Morales. He is sitting in third place among AL designated hitters with 1,102,349 votes and is hitting .247/.312/.408 with 10 homeruns and 37 RBI. Both Morales and Smoak have benefitted from moving to more winning markets with more active fans in regards to All-Star voting.

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Adrian Beltre is All-Star worthy every year, and this season is no different. Batting .285/.334/.456 with 11 homeruns and 51 RBI, he is currently sitting in fourth place among AL third basemen with 1,099,086 votes.

Among the top 15 vote-getters for the AL outfield, there are some interesting names that appear. Adam Jones has the 13th most votes of AL outfielders with 726,916 votes, one spot behind Michael Saunders who is in 12th with 903,050 votes. Mark Trumbo is in fifth with 1,801,969 votes.

Both Saunders and Trumbo are having career seasons. Saunders is batting .293/.336/.560 with 15 homeruns and 34 RBI with the Toronto Blue Jays, it’s surprising to me that he is as low he is in the voting. Trumbo is batting .281/.331/.551 with 22 homeruns and 56 RBI and having a monster year with the Baltimore Orioles. Both of these former M’s are All-Star worthy with the seasons they are having.

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