Longo moves up, but needs more votes to be AL starter
Rays' third baseman currently in third place behind A's Donaldson, Rangers' Beltre
With just a few days left in the 2014 MLB All-Star voting, Evan Longoria needs a major push to become the American League starter at the hot corner.
Longoria moved up one spot among AL third basemen in the voting this week, from fourth to third, overtaking Baltimore's Manny Machado. But the Rays' third baseman, with 1,457,752 votes, still trails leading vote-getter Josh Donaldson of the A's (2,943,332 votes) by a large margin, as well as the Rangers' Adrian Beltre (1,730,748 votes).
Longoria, who has played every game for the Rays this season and was batting .264 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs entering Monday, is the only Rays player to rank in the Top 5 at his position in the voting or the Top 15 in the outfield (a list from which three players will be chosen).
Longoria is a three-time All-Star -- he was twice elected a starter by the fans (2009, '10), and won the AL Final Vote in '08, his rookie season with the Rays.
Last year, the Rays were represented by left-hander Matt Moore, who is on the disabled list after Tommy John surgery, and Ben Zobrist, who filled a nice niche for the AL team, given his ability to play several positions well.
This season, the Rays have two deserving All-Star candidates on the mound -- starter David Price and reliever Jake McGee -- but fans do not elect the All-Star pitchers. Price leads the Major Leagues in strikeouts and strikeout-to-walk ratio, and he is on a run of five straight double-digit strikeout games. McGee has been lights-out in the bullpen -- the lefty had a 1.27 ERA entering Monday and 35 of his 38 outings have been scoreless.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Gillette Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby 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 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 6, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the 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 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, 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.
David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.