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Hunter Dozier named a finalist for All-Star election


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Hunter Dozier has been named a finalist for All-Star voting in the new format to determine starters to the Midsummer Classic. Dozier was among the top three vote-getters in the “primary” round of voting, along with Houston’s Alex Bregman and New York’s Gio Urshela. Beginning at 11 a.m. CT on Wednesday, June 26 until 3 p.m. CT on Thursday, June 27, fans can vote online among those three candidates to determine who will start for the American League at third base. Fans can vote once on and submit up to 17 unique player votes on Google. Votes from the primary will not carry over. Winners will be announced that evening on ESPN at 6 p.m. CT.

Dozier may not be a household name, but he has enjoyed a breakout season, hitting .314/.398/.589 with 11 home runs in 52 games. He leads all American League third basemen with at least 200 plate appearances in wRC+ at 157. Dozier did miss three weeks with a chest injury, which could ultimately hurt him in voting. Bregman is hitting .265/.397/.542 with 21 home runs and leads all AL third basemen in WAR, according to Fangraphs. Urshela, who was acquired for cash considerations from the Blue Jays last year, is hitting .306/.361/.457 with five home runs in 60 games, filling in for injured players Troy Tulowitzki and Miguel Andujar.

Whit Merrifield was not a finalist at second base, despite leading all AL second basemen in WAR over the 2018-2019 seasons and leading the Majors in hits and steals last year. Instead, fans will decide among Jose Altuve of the Astros, Tommy LaStella of the Angels, and D.J. LeMahieu of the Yankees. Merrifield could still be named as a reserve, which is determined by both a player vote and by the Commissioner’s office.

So Royals fans, do what you do, and VOTE FOR HUNTER DOZIER!

All-Star Finalists

American League Team National League Team
American League Team National League Team
Catcher Catcher
Robinson Chirinos Astros Willson Contreras Cubs
James McCann White Sox Yasmani Grandal Brewers
Gary Sanchez Yankees Brian McCann Braves
First Base First Base
C.J. Cron Twins Josh Bell Pirates
Carlos Santana Indians Freddie Freeman Braves
Luke Voit Yankees Anthony Rizzo Cubs
Second Base Second Base
Jose Altuve Astros Ozzie Albies Braves
Tommy La Stella Angels Ketel Marte Diamondbacks
D.J. LeMahieu Yankees Mike Moustakas Brewers
Shortstop Shortstop
Carlos Correa Astros Javier Baez Cubs
Jorge Polanco Twins Trevor Story Rockies
Gleyber Torres Yankees Dansby Swanson Braves
Third Base Third Base
Alex Bregman Astros Nolan Arenado Rockies
Hunter Dozier Royals Kris Bryant Cubs
Gio Urshela Yankees Josh Donaldson Braves
Outfield Outfield
Mookie Betts Red Sox Ronald Acuna Braves
Michael Brantley Astros Albert Amora, Jr. Cubs
Joey Gallo Rangers Cody Bellinger Dodgers
Aaron Judge Yankees Charlie Blackmon Rockies
Austin Meadows Rays Jason Heyward Cubs
Josh Redick Astros Nick Markakis Braves
Eddie Rosario Twins Joc Pederson Dodgers
George Springer Astros Kyle Schwarber Cubs
Mike Trout Angels Christian Yelich Brewers
Designated hitter
Nelson Cruz Twins
J.D. Martinez Red Sox
Hunter Pence Rangers