The first phase of voting for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game ends Friday and the San Diego Padres need big pushes if any are to make it to the next round.
First baseman Eric Hosmer is in ninth place. Neither Hunter Renfroe nor Franmil Reyes rank in the top 20 outfielders despite becoming the first Padres duo ever to both have 20 home runs before the All-Star break.
The top three vote-getters at most positions move on to the second round, which determines the All-Star Game starters. Nine finalists move on in the outfield races.
This second round begins Wednesday. The All-Star Game will be in Cleveland July 9. San Diego hosted the game in 2016.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger is the top Major League vote-getter so far.
The Padres completed a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, which dropped the Brewers out of first place in the Central Division. The team heads off to Pittsburgh for the beginning of a five-game road trip Friday.
– Staff reports
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