Polls are now open for the final phase of MLB’s 2019 All-Star Game voting. The Yankees have a staggering six finalists on the ballot, and they need your help to get to Cleveland.
This year’s ballot works differently than it has in previous seasons. Voting takes place over two different rounds, with the first to determine the top-three (or nine in the outfield) finalists at each position. Then, on what MLB calls a special Election Day, fans vote from the final three to select a starter. The vote counts reset to zero between phases, so all finalists have a level playing field.
Gary Sanchez proved the team’s top vote earner heading into phase two. He led all catchers with 1,357,340 votes, besting White Sox backstop James McCann by 776,946 votes. Robinson Chirinos of the Astros also made the cut. Sanchez is arguably the best catcher in all of baseball, so this comes as little surprise.
Luke Voit also leads his position. He brought in a total of 696,164 votes, but the first base race looks a little more competitive. He will have to beat out C.J. Cron of the Twins and Carlos Santana of the Indians. One would imagine the hometown fans will make a push for Santana, so it’s important to, ahem, Rock the Voit.
Further down the ballot, the Yankees have several candidates who finished in second or third place during round one. DJ LeMahieu earned 739,074 votes at second base, but that put him behind Tommy La Stella and Jose Altuve. Fans will have to turn out for the American League batting leader.
Gleyber Torres finds himself in a tight race for starting shortstop. He finished third in phase one with 565,728 votes, trialing Jorge Polanco and the now-injured Carlos Correa. Torres has caught fire of late, and he made last year’s All-Star team. That should bode well for the 22-year-old.
In a funny turn of events, Gio Urhsela cracked the top three for third basemen. His second place total of 502,614 votes falls way behind Alex Bregman, but it would be amusing to send Urshela back to Cleveland. Aaron Judge also earned a finalist designation in the outfield, despite missing significant time with an oblique injury. Something tells me you can’t have an All-Star Game without Judge.
Polls will stay open now through 4 PM EST tomorrow, June 27, with winners announced at 7 PM. You can vote by clicking here. In an effort to get as many Yankees on the team as possible, leave a comment after you voted!