Trout holds steady in second among AL outfielders
Angels star trails Orioles' Jones by about 30,000, ranks fourth overall
ANAHEIM -- In hopes of becoming the first Angels position player to start the All-Star Game since Vladimir Guerrero in 2007, Mike Trout is holding steady.
When the latest fan-voting results for the American League were released on Saturday, Trout remained second among outfielders, sporting 2,710,115 votes to trail Orioles center fielder Adam Jones by a little more than 30,000. Trout ranks fourth overall among all AL players -- also behind Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (3,277,890) and Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (2,999,094).
"It makes you feel good, knowing that you have fans watching you, rooting for you," said Trout, who led AL outfielders with a .915 OPS heading into Saturday's game. "It's a special feeling inside."
Trout's mentor, Torii Hunter, dropped from third to fourth, now trailing the Orioles' Nick Markakis by less than 40,000.
Albert Pujols (fourth among first basemen), Mark Trumbo (fifth among designated hitters) and Josh Hamilton (12th among outfielders) still look like long shots to get voted into the starting lineup, but the one who needs more love is Howie Kendrick.
Kendrick went into Saturday trailing only Robinson Cano in OPS among AL second basemen, at .850, while batting .328 with a .370 on-base percentage and eight homers, which already equals last year's total.
But right now, he isn't even among the top 5 in fan votes at his position.
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, where they'll 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 5 p.m. 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.
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.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.