Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/21/13
Before the 2012 season it was rare for a Baltimore Oriole to be voted into the MLB All-Star Game via fan voting. In fact before last season, the last time an O’s player was selected by fan ballot was 2005, when two Orioles, Brian Roberts and Miguel Tejada, were selected as starters. That was also the last All-Star Game in which the Orioles had multiple all-stars until last season. This year’s All-Star Game will be held on July 16 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, and as of the latest voting totals from June 15, it looks like there will be once again be multiple Orioles on the American League roster. Four Orioles — first baseman Chris Davis, center fielder Adam Jones, right fielder Nick Markakis and shortstop J.J. Hardy — all lead their respective positions in fan voting. Not included in that list is the team’s closer Jim Johnson, who currently leads the major leagues in saves with 26. Pitchers are selected by the All-Star Game managers. One might argue had it not been for Detroit Tigers third baseman, Miguel Cabrera, the Orioles could have five players potentially on the starting roster. 21-year-old Manny Machado is the league leader with 33 doubles. He’s also batting .326, the second highest average for third basemen, trailing Cabrera. In his league-high 229 total chances at third, Machado has five errors for a .978 fielding percentage, fifth best in MLB. Cabrera last season earned the first Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski (1967), has a nearly twice as many votes as Machado with 3.2M. Orioles catcher, Matt Wieters, one of three Oriole all-stars last year, is also in the running to make his third consecutive appearance in the mid-summer classic. Wieters, the AL-leading catcher in RBIs (37), trails the Twins’ Joe Mauer by about 500K votes. Should Wieters earn a spot on the American League roster, he would be the first Oriole to appear in three-straight All-Star Games since Tejada (2004-2006). The last time the Orioles had five or more players on an All-Star roster was 1972. When six O’s, including three future hall of famers made the team (Pat Dobson, Bobby Grich, Dave McNally, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson). In an effort to increase fan voting for their players, like many teams, the Baltimore Orioles have created a special campaign. The Orioles’ “vote orange” campaign has seemingly taken over the team’s website and social media accounts. The hashtag #VoteOrange is centered on the official team’s website banner. On Twitter, the Orioles’ avatar has changed to resemble a voting button. Similarly on Facebook, the team’s profile and cover photos all include vote orange related content. There are also specified hashtags for each player (e.g. #VoteDavis, #VoteAdam). The team has also scheduled four vote orange rallies between June 20 and June 25. A vote orange street team, including the Oriole Bird, will be visiting local bars, taverns and sporting goods stores. Outfielder Nate McLouth will make an appearance on June 25. Also as incentive the O’s have special vote orange discounts, encouraging fans to vote at least 21 times to receive special discounted ticket prices. Fan voting for the All-Star Game continues until July 4, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Fans can submit their votes using either the online ballot at MLB.com or by paper ballot at any team’s stadium until June 25.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

PLAYERS: Chris Davis
TEAMS: Baltimore Orioles
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

John Wall warns Lonzo Ball about having target on his back

Eric Bledsoe raises suspicion with tweet

Browns select empty seat to win prize

Hue Jackson critical after DeShone Kizer stayed out late Friday

Carson Palmer to miss eight weeks with broken arm

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mitchell Trubisky leads Bears to win despite completing just four passes

Red Sox confirm Alex Cora as new manager

Joe Thomas misses his first career snap after injuring arm

Dolphins fans cheer after Jay Cutler leaves with injury

Browns bench DeShone Kizer again, bring in Cody Kessler

Bills fans boo team off field after hatchet job to end half

Most prominent sports bans on the 5th anniversary of the Lance Armstrong ban

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

Orioles News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Most prominent sports bans on the 5th anniversary of the Lance Armstrong ban

Houston Astros hold off Yankees, forcing Game 7

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker