Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will need the fans’ vote to get into the All-Star Game on July 14 in Cincinnati. He is one of five candidates listed online on the National League “Final Vote” ballot. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers will send at least four players to the All-Star Game in Cincinnati on July 14: pitcher Zack Greinke, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Joc Pederson and catcher Yasmani Grandal. All four were announced as All-Stars on Monday, following the conclusion of fan balloting over the weekend.
Greinke and Pederson were chosen by the players, who were given their ballots two weeks ago. Grandal and Gonzalez were chosen by National League manager Bruce Bochy in conjunction with Major League Baseball.
Reigning National League MVP and Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw is one of five “Final Vote” candidates. Fans can vote for either Kershaw, Johnny Cueto, Jeurys Familia, Carlos Martinez or Troy Tulowitzki online through Friday at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
Kershaw could also join the NL as an injury replacement. In 2012, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was chosen to the game but was hurt. Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, then a Final Vote candidate, was removed from the online ballot and took Kemp’s place on the roster.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, whose .312/.386/.558 slash line ranks among the National League’s best, is also a candidate to step in as an injury replacement.
Courtesy of the Dodgers, a few more notes about today’s selections: