With the Major League Baseball season about to hit its halfway point through the 162 game regular season slate, it’s almost time for the All-Star Game. Unlike in other sports, every team in baseball is guaranteed one All-Star each year and most thought that’s exactly what the Rangers would get this season. First year manager Chris Woodward and his squad had other plans.
After their 5-3 win in Detroit on Tuesday night, the Rangers sit at 43-36 and are tied with the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians for the second American League Wild Card spot. Their current state of being seven games over the .500 mark is a season high and it makes them 26-14 since a five-game losing-streak back in mid-May put them at 17-22.
While it has been an all-around group effort to get the team to this point with likely All-Star Mike Minor being the ace of a pitching staff that has been solid enough to get the job done and the likes of Elvis Andrus and Shin-Soo Choo helping spark the offense by doing what they were expected to do, two Rangers bats have taken mighty leaps in 2019 and now find themselves in the running to be All-Star starters when the Mid-Summer Classic is played in Cleveland next month.
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Get ready to Step it up and vote for these Brothers tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/E45FE2melm
— #VoteRangers (@Rangers) June 25, 2019
Hunter Pence is having a career resurgence with his hometown team and as a former first round pick of the Rangers, all fans should be rooting for one of our developed players like Joey Gallo to be starting in the All-Star game in a year where he was even getting some MVP consideration before an oblique injury sidelined him earlier this month.
36-year-old Hunter Pence and 25-year-old Joey Gallo are up for the starting DH and one of the three outfield spots in the American League’s starting lineup and they need your help to get there!
MLB implemented a new system this season with two separate voting periods. Since Pence (second among AL DH’s) and Gallo (9th among AL outfielders) finished highly in the initial voting process that ended last week, they are now a part of the All-Star Starters Election that is taking votes between now and Thursday, June 27th at 3 PM Central time.
There are many easy ways to vote. One would be to go to the official page on the MLB website, found here.
Or you can simply Google Hunter Pence (here) or Joey Gallo (or here) and there will be a table ready at the top of the page to allow you to vote. It’s that simple! Unfortunately, you can only vote one time, so that’s why it’s so important to make it happen even if you don’t normally participate in things like this.
TIME TO VOTE FOR HUNTER & JOEY!
— #VoteRangers (@Rangers) June 26, 2019
The last time the Rangers had anyone voted to be an All-Star starter was in 2012 when both Mike Napoli and Josh Hamilton got the call at catcher and in the outfield, respectively, so it is about time that a Ranger is trotting out of the dugout whenever Joe Buck introduces the American League starters before the game.
Once again, voting only lasts until 3 PM on Thursday, so get it done quickly.
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