Time running out to vote White Sox into All-Star Game
Crain, Sale among likely pitching candidates; balloting ends Thursday
CHICAGO -- There are a number of shortstops in the American League who possess better overall numbers than Alexei Ramirez.
Baltimore's J.J. Hardy has more homers and RBIs. Detroit's Jhonny Peralta has a higher average. And six shortstops hold better slugging percentages than the White Sox man up the middle.
Ramirez does have them beat in a couple of areas, namely durability and stolen bases. Those categories haven't given Ramirez enough support to be chosen as an All-Star, with Ramirez not in the top five for his position in the latest round of voting results. None of the White Sox players are in the top five or top 15 for the outfielders, which is not a surprise considering their team-wide offensive struggles, but there's still a little bit of time remaining for fans to show their support.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via a mobile device -- using the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, July 4, at 10:59 p.m. CT.
Fans may submit 25 online ballots during the voting period but can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, fans must be logged into an MLB.com account when submitting any online ballot. To obtain an MLB.com account, visit www.mlb.com and register in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans can also once again participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league whom they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2013 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 7 p.m. CT on Monday, July 15.
Though originally scheduled for July 7, the 2013 rosters will now be unveiled Saturday, July 6, at 5:30 p.m. CT on the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell. The show will be televised nationally on FOX.
From Saturday, July 6 to Thursday, July 11, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2013 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by freecreditscore.com for the final player for each League's All-Star roster.
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 2013 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 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 84th 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 SiriusXM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Ramirez stands as the only player in all of baseball to have played every single inning this year. His 18 stolen bases trail only Milwaukee's Jean Segura and San Diego's Everth Cabrera for the lead at his position.
Yes, Ramirez has made 14 errors, surpassing last year's total before the end of June. But he also continues to play solid overall defense up the middle.
The best bet for White Sox All-Stars comes from their pitching staff. Starter Chris Sale's 3.8 WAR ranks him second among AL starters, while he sits tied for fifth with his 114 strikeouts and tied for sixth with his 2.79 ERA. His WHIP of 0.96 places Sale third behind Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma and Detroit's Max Scherzer.
Reliever Jesse Crain had his streak of 31 straight games and 31 straight innings without allowing an earned run snapped in Saturday's loss against the Indians. His WAR of 2.5 ranks 10th among AL hurlers and tops among relievers.
Crain figures to have support from his opponents around baseball, despite serving as a setup man ranking second in the Majors to Tampa Bay's Joel Peralta's 20 holds with 19 of his own. He certainly has the support of his teammates.
"For sure," said White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers, when asked if Crain deserves to be an All-Star. "What the guy has done all year, without a doubt. He's one of the best relievers in baseball right now."