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Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez dominating All-Star balloting

Rob Bradford
June 12, 2018 - 1:14 pm

BALTIMORE -- Baseball fans are evidently paying attention to what Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez are doing.

In the first wave of results from the American League All-Star balloting, Betts leads all players with 748,872 votes, topping the other two current outfield finalists Mike Trout and Aaron Judge. Jose Altuve, who leads all second basemen, has the second-most votes with 701,236.

Perhaps the most noteworthy takeaway from the initial look at the balloting was how well Martinez has done at the designated hitter spot, where he is trouncing the second-place candidate Giancarlo Stanton. Shohei Ohtani -- who is now out with a UCL injury -- is third at DH.

Martinez had strong words about the All-Star voting process when talking to recently.

"It’s not the frustrating part about not making it, it’s more the frustrating part of not being noticed by certain people," Martinez said. "Because the players know who I am. People who watch baseball know who I am but people outside baseball don’t. That’s where all of that plays into this. It’s more of a popularity contest than it is about performance."

He added, "The only year I only made it was when I was voted in by the players, which is who I think should vote. One hundred percent. Because that’s how you know who your All-Stars really are. The fans don’t know. The fans like to think they know. But they only know what MLB puts out there and who they post on their Instagram, who they post on their Twitter and who they talk about, stuff like that. They push certain people and it sucks for other guys who have great years and get overlooked. That’s why I always say the players should (pick). I understand the MLB’s side of it. They want to get fans involved."

Here are the results from the American League balloting, with the next scheduled update coming June 19:



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