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Is it a real thing? Yes. You’ve heard of it. You turn your back on your country, your family, or yourself to watch a game that is meaningless to you. Is there anything else to know? Yes. The first of four game in the 2016 ALCS is tonight, and while you may not care who wins, this sport is the American pastime. America.
Fans can cast their votes now exclusively online at mlb.com/vote, via mobile devices at MLB.com, all 30 club websites, the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps and on Google Search in the U.S. and Canada by searching "MLB All-Star vote" or "Vote" along with a player's name. (Fan voting determines the starters at first base, second base, third base, shortstop, catcher and the three outfield spots in each league, plus the designated hitter spot in the AL. Pitchers and reserves for both teams will be determined through a combination of Player Ballot choices and selections made by the Commissioner’s Office.
Tatis, the Padres’ 22-year-old superstar, continues to turn heads with his dynamic skill set, although he has some stiff competition in this race from two resurgent veterans in Báez and Crawford. That duo was the NL’s starting double-play combination in 2018, when Báez was still at the keystone, and the Cubs infielder got the start at shortstop for the Senior Circuit in ’19. Crawford was behind the Dodgers’ Corey Seager by approximately 56,000 votes in the last standings update on June 21, but he pulled ahead on the final day of the Phase 1 voting to grab a spot among the NL shortstop finalists. (Source: www.mlb.com)
The same player hasn’t started consecutive All-Star Games at shortstop for the AL since Derek Jeter from 2006-10, and that trend will continue this year, with ‘19 starter Jorge Polanco not among the finalists. While Bogaerts and Correa have started once before -- Bogaerts in 2016 and Correa in ‘17 -- Bichette is looking to crash the party for the first time.
Miñoso played 17 seasons with Cleveland, the White Sox, Cardinals and Senators. He was a nine-time AL/NL All-Star and four-time Negro Leagues All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove winner as an outfielder and a prominent member of the “Go-Go” White Sox of the 1950s and 60s. The Cuban native began his professional career in the Negro Leagues and blazed a trail for Latin American players in the big leagues. In an MLB career that spanned from 1949-80, he was only the second player to appear in a game in five different decades. He passed away in 2015. (Source: www.mlb.com)