Asdrubal Cabrera not only made his first All-Star team for the Indians a year ago, but he took the field for the American League as the starting shortstop. Cabrera is aiming for the same honor again later this summer.
Cabrera highlighted the list of Cleveland's All-Star hopefuls, which were revealed on Friday with the release of the Major League All-Star ballot. Last year, Cabrera earned a spot on the AL squad thanks to voting by his peers. The same could happen this year, but Tribe fans will have their say before the final rosters are assembled.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET. In-stadium voting at Progressive Field in Cleveland will begin on May 4 and end on June 17.
Indians manager Manny Acta has enjoyed seeing the voting process evolve to the point where the fans, players and All-Star managers have a say over which players make the American League and National League teams.
"I think it balances out pretty good," Acta said. "I think the ultimate prize, or goal, for every one of these guys is to be recognized by their peers. So when you're selected by the players it means a lot. It's great that we get the fans involved -- that's a big part of the game -- but we all know that a lot of times it just turns out to be a popularity contest. It's good that we have a balance."
Joining Cabrera on the All-Star ballot for the Indians are first baseman Casey Kotchman, second baseman Jason Kipnis, third baseman Jack Hannahan, catcher Carlos Santana, designated hitter Travis Hafner, left fielder Shelley Duncan, center fielder Michael Brantley and right fielder Shin-Soo Choo.
Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm 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 State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- 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 9.
The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official 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 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.
Cabrera, 26, is coming off a career year, in which he hit .273 with 25 home runs, 32 doubles, 87 runs scored and 92 RBIs in 151 games for the Indians. When Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter -- the highest vote-getter in fan balloting last July -- was unable to participate in the festivities last year, Cabrera was named the AL's starter at short.
At the end of the season, Cabrera earned a Silver Slugger Award for his strong offensive showing.
Cabrera has started off strong again this year, and the Indians made an early statement as to how they view him in terms of the team's future. On the eve of Opening Day, Cleveland inked Cabrera to a two-year, $16.5 million extension that will keep him in the fold as one of the Tribe's cornerstone players at least through the 2014 campaign.