Believe it or not, All-Star Game voting has already been going on for over a month. The Twins’ most-worthy position player has been Miguel Sano, and voters are finally realizing that, as he’s now in first place among third basemen in the American League. Last week he was all the way down in second place, trailing the Orioles’ Manny Machado by 5,462 votes.
In case you were wondering, Machado is currently hitting .219/.296/.442 with 12 home runs.
Sano is hitting .303/.410/.607 with 14 home runs. He also leads all third basemen in baseball with 2.7 fWAR on the year.
Clearly, Sano is worthy—but there’s still at least a month to go in voting, and anything could happen. Sano currently leads the Indians’ Jose Ramirez by only... okay, 97,912 votes. That’s quite a bit. It’s the third biggest first-place lead among AL positions, trailing only Mariner Nelson Cruz at DH (who leads the Yankees’ Matt Holliday by 155,600 votes) and Indian Francisco Lindor at shortstop (who leads the Astros’ Carlos Correa by an ultra-annoying 180,042 votes).
Believe it or not, perennial MVP candidate Mike Trout is not leading AL outfielders in voting. That’s because of the Yankees’ large adult baseball son Aaron Judge, who leads all AL players with 1,251,543 votes. Also, Trout hurt his hand and is out for a few months anyway.
We can’t let Miguel Sano’s lead slip! Remember to vote for him as much as you can—which is five times a day, and up to 35 times total (unless you want to make new e-mail accounts just to vote more, which I am totally not suggesting you do).
The last (and only) Twins third baseman to be voted into the All-Star Game was Harmon Killebrew back in 1970. The last Twin to be voted in at any position was, of course, Joe Mauer at catcher back in 2013.
And just FYI—no other Twins players appear on the 2017 voting leader boards.