The Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals began a joint campaign to boost the chances of their third basemen, Justin Turner and Mike Moustakas, in the MLB All-Star Game Final Vote.
The Dodgers are asking their fans to vote for Moustakas, a former Chatsworth High standout, in the American League vote, and the Royals are asking their fans to vote for Turner in the National League vote.
Turner leads all major leaguers with at least 200 at bats in batting, with a .382 average, and on-base percentage at .472. He does not have the required 3.1 plate appearances to be the official leader because he was on the disabled list from May 19 to June 9 with a right hamstring strain.
Moustakas is tied for seventh in the majors and tied for fifth in the American League with 22 home runs, matching his career high for a season. Moustakas is batting .270 with 14 doubles and 49 RBIs.
Voting will be conducted at MLB.com/vote through 1 p.m. PDT Thursday. Fans can also vote via text message up to 35 times per phone. To receive the ballot, text the word “Vote” to 89269 or to vote for a specific player, text the choice to 89269.
Every tweet from 7 a.m-1 p.m. Thursday that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the American League and National League winners, who will be announced at 3 p.m. Thursday on “MLB Tonight” on the MLB Network.
Four Dodgers were selected for the National League all-star team in player balloting announced Sunday — rookie infielder/outfielder Cody Bellinger, shortstop Corey Seager, starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw and reliever Kenley Jansen.
—City News Service