Smith needs late push as voting ends Thursday
Leads Padres in nearly all batting stats, seeking first All-Star berth
SAN DIEGO -- Despite entering Tuesday on an 0-for-17 streak, Seth Smith is still the Padres' position player most deserving of an All-Star nod -- though it will be an uphill climb for him, as voting ends Thursday and the surprise breakout player isn't even on the ballot.
Smith, who snapped the skid with a leadoff home run Tuesday night, has been batting first for the Padres' past two games in an attempt to spark an offense that ended June with the worst team batting average (.171) for any month in modern baseball history.
Smith's been doing his part, though, as he entered Tuesday leading the Padres in virtually every offensive category -- batting average (.273), on-base percentage (.376), slugging percentage (.485), home runs (8), RBIs (24), doubles (17), triples (4) and walks (36). He's also yet to make an error in the outfield this season.
But he isn't listed on the All-Star ballot since he wasn't expected to be a full-time starter for San Diego at the beginning of the season. He could be voted in as a write-in candidate, and it's possible that he could be one of five candidates included in MLB's Final Vote.
And it's not too late to make a push for the Padres who are listed on the National League ballot before the rosters are announced next Sunday.
San Diego players on the ballot include shortstop Everth Cabrera, first baseman Yonder Alonso, second baseman Jedd Gyorko, third baseman Chase Headley, catcher Yasmani Grandal and outfielders Chris Denorfia, Carlos Quentin and Will Venable.
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 at 8:59 p.m. PT. 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 5 p.m. PT 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, beginning at 4 p.m. PT 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.
Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.