A's top players need help in All-Star push
Cespedes, Lowrie, Donaldson and Crisp among AL leaders in vote totals
OAKLAND -- A quartet of A's players continue to receive steady All-Star support, but they'll need several more votes to have any chance at topping their opposing peers on the ballot.
In the most recent ballot update released Saturday, Josh Donaldson remained fifth in voting in a fierce third-base field, with Miguel Cabrera, Manny Machado, Adrian Beltre and Evan Longoria all receiving more votes than Donaldson's 500,773 count.
All other vote-getters at the position have at least 850,000, with the Top 3 bringing in more than a million. Cabrera is far and above the pack with 3,277,890.
Jed Lowrie remains in fourth among shortstops, behind Texas' Elvis Andrus, Baltimore's J.J. Hardy and Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers, with 1,019,861 votes. Peralta and Andrus aren't too far ahead, with 1,322,791 votes and 1,358,412, respectively, while Hardy currently holds 1,871,010 votes at the top of the list.
Cespedes and Crisp, ranked 10th and 11th among all AL outfielders, each added about 200,000 votes in the past week. But the spread between their standing -- Cespedes has 926,611, Crisp 869,153 -- and the top is vast, as top outfield vote-getter Adam Jones, as well as Mike Trout, drew in more than 2.7 million votes.
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 8:59 p.m. PT.
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 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 15.
Though originally scheduled for July 7, the 2013 rosters will now be unveiled Saturday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m. ET 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 will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.