Tuesday, May 28th, Major League Baseball announced that the fan voting process has begun for the selection of the 2019 MLB All-Star Rosters. The twist is that the MLB has changed how the fans vote and what they vote on. The changes are allowing the fans to have a bigger input on who makes the final ballot for the All-Star Game starters fan vote. The all-star game itself is July 9th, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
The voting has been broken up into two phases; “The Primary” and “The Starters Election”. Each of these phases are designed to cater to the fans, so that they may get the best chance to vote in the players they want to see make their respective leagues all-star teams.
The Primary Phase
Starting May 28th is “The Primary” which consists of, almost a month long period that allows fans to vote on the players they want to be on the ballot for the “The Starters Election” phase. During this phase, the top-three vote getters at each of the positions (nine outfielders) will move onto the second phase. On Friday, June 21st, the results of “The Primary” vote will be announced during the New York Yankees versus Houston Astros game at 7 p.m. ET on MLB Network.
The Starters Election Phase
After the first phase ends, the players who make it to “The Starters Election” round will have all vote totals reset. These players will be put on a ballot that decides which players will be starting for the American League and National League teams. This phase will be a simple 28-hour voting period where fans can vote from Wednesday June 26th at noon until Thursday June 27th at 4 p.m. ET to decide the starters. Later that night, the final results will be released at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Alex Cora, of the defending AL champion Boston Red Sox will manage the AL squad and Dave Roberts of the defending NL Champion Los Angeles Dodgers will manage the NL squad. Other players besides the starters, reserves and pitching staffs will be determined off of two things; player ballot choices and choices from the commissioner’s office. The final rosters will be announced on Sunday June 30th, at 5:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN.
How Can Fans Vote?
Fans can choose who they want to see at this years midsummer classic in Cleveland by voting either of the the ways listed below:
- Using any of the MLB Platforms such as team sites, MLB At Bat, MLB.com, and MLB Ballpark mobile apps.
- Google searching “Vote ____(Player Name)___” will bring you directly to that player’s section of the ballot.
- Go directly to the Google ballot by googling “MLB All-Star Ballot” or “MLB Vote” which will bring up a corresponding ballot.
Adding all of these vote totals up will determine the winners of both of the phases during the voting sessions. As mentioned above, the vote totals will reset for those who advance on to the second phase of the all-star voting.