Cleveland Indians: Vote for your 2018 Tribe All-Stars
By David Gasper
The All Star Game ballot is now open! Vote for your favorite Cleveland Indians players now!
All Star voting season is now officially underway. MLB released the ballots a few days ago and now the ballot boxes are open and fans can begin voting for their favorite players to go to the Midsummer Classic.
The Indians should end up with multiple All Stars on this year’s team, as there are plenty of big performers on this Cleveland squad.
All Star voting will run through the next several weeks as we get closer and closer to the All Star break. The game is a bit later this year, scheduled for July 17th at Nationals Park. You can vote for your favorite Indians players up to five times in one day, and up to 35 times total.
Who should make the team?
The Cleveland Indians have several All Star caliber players. Jose Ramirez is nearing the league lead in home runs and has just been on fire lately. Looking at the rest of the third baseman on the ballot, the biggest challengers to the starting job might be Josh Donaldson and Miguel Sano, but Ramirez has been playing better than both of them so far.
The big challenge is trying to get Francisco Lindor to be the starting shortstop for the AL. Lindor has to beat out Carlos Correa and Manny Machado to get that honor. This will be tough to do. Both play in bigger markets and have a big following. Machado has been dominating this year as he becomes the most spoken name on the market with his impending free agency. And Correa just won the World Series and proposed to his girlfriend afterwards, so his popularity is at an all time high.
Is it impossible for Lindor to get the starting job, then? No. But Indians fans need to vote, vote vote, if they want to see Lindor start at shortstop for the AL.
Michael Brantley certainly has been playing like an All Star since his return from the DL. But it’s a loaded outfield group in the AL, and Brantley might make the team, but not as a starter. Mookie Betts has been a revelation, Aaron Judge has a lot of power, Mike Trout is doing Mike Trout things, George Springer is there. This is a tough group to crack.
Be sure to get those votes in if you want to see Ramirez, Lindor, and Brantley start for the AL in the 2018 All Star Game. Vote for all the others on the ballot as well, but these three are the ones out of this lineup that are truly deserving of going to the Midsummer Classic.
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Pitchers are not voted on by fans, but instead by fellow players and coaches. A couple members of this Cleveland Indians starting rotation certainly deserve an opportunity, but no one from this bullpen is anywhere near deserving of this honor.