Vote Bautista, Blue Jays to All-Star Game

Vote Bautista, Blue Jays to All-Star Game

Vote Bautista, Blue Jays to All-Star Game
TORONTO -- Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista will have a chance to make it back-to-back seasons as an American League All-Star after being named to this year's ballot.

Bautista made his All-Star game debut last season during a breakout season in Toronto. The 30-year-old was named to the team as a reserve player, and honored for what eventually became a banner campaign.

The Dominican native led the Major Leagues last season with 54 home runs and 351 total bases. He also ranked third in the American League in RBIs (124), slugging percentage (.617) and OPS (.995).

That was good enough for a fourth-place finish in voting for the AL Most Valuable Player, and he has backed that up with an impressive start to the 2011 season.

"He's an All-Star in our minds," Toronto manager John Farrell said. "The numbers speak for themselves. But you're talking about a complete player, and he is right in the heart in the order, and we'll continue to build around him for the time that he's here. We're certainly glad that he's been extended. He's a great player."

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times daily at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Starting rosters will be announced during the 2011 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 3. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award, presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2011 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

The All-Star Game, to be played at Chase Field in Phoenix on July 12, will be televised nationally by FOX, and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.

First baseman Adam Lind is also a potential candidate for a spot on the AL All-Star team. The 27-year-old was one of five players named to the Final Vote for the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis, but lost out to Detroit's Brandon Inge.

Lind won a Silver Slugger that season after batting .305 with 35 home runs and 114 RBIs as the club's primary designated hitter. This year, he took over for the departed Lyle Overbay as Toronto's starting first baseman.

Lind said Bautista is the Blue Jays' player who deserves the fans' attention.

"Without a doubt, with what he did last year and what he did this year, he deserves it," Lind said.

Toronto's other candidates include: Catcher J.P. Arencibia, second baseman Aaron Hill, shortstop Yunel Escobar, third baseman Edwin Encarnacion, designated hitter Juan Rivera and outfielders Rajai Davis and Travis Snider.

Fans can also cast their votes for the Major League All-Star teams during Toronto's games at Rogers Centre. In-stadium voting begins on May 6, and runs through June 15.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. Todd Wills contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.