With support across the nation, the Toronto Blue Jays dominate early voting for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game.
Four Blue Jays players take the starting positions in the Midsummer Classic after the first ballot: Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. (first base), Beau Beechette (short stop), George Springer (outfield) and Alejandro Kirk (catcher). No other team has more than two representatives currently in starting positions.
Kirk was the most popular candidate in Toronto and received a whopping 670,000 votes ahead of the American League second catcher. Guerrero Jr. also has a stranglehold at first base, which isn’t surprising considering the young batter won the MVP award at the 2021 event.
Bichette and Springer have weaker positions in their positions, but with the entire country apparently voting early and often, it’s no wonder they’re holding steady in the polls.
Toronto second baseman Santiago Espinal is also on the wanted list, as are outfielders Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Theoscar Hernandez.
The player with the most votes in each league after Voting Stage 1 will automatically receive a spot on their All-Star Team starting roster. In addition to these two players, the top two players in each position and the top six outfielders will advance to the voting final. The first stage will end on June 30th.
The game itself takes place on July 19 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Here are the full starting lineups for both leagues after the first comebacks:
C: Alejandro Kirk (Blue Jays)
1B: Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. (Blue Jays)
2B: Jose Altuve (Astros)
3B: Raphael Devers (Red Sox)
CC: Beau Bichette (Blue Jays)
OF: Aaron Judge (Yankees)
OF: Mike Trout (Angels)
OF: George Springer (Blue Jays)
DH: Jordan Alvarez (Astros)
C: Wilson Contreras (Cubs)
1B: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals)
2B: Jazz Chisholm Jr. (Marlins)
3B: Manny Machado (parents)
CC: Trea Turner (Dodgers)
OF: Mookie Betts (Dodgers)
OF: Ronald Cunha Jr. (Braves)
OF: Jock Pederson (Giants)
DH: Bryce Harper (Phillies)
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