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Bautista heads list of Blue Jays on ASG ballot

Bautista heads list of Blue Jays on ASG ballot

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Bautista heads list of Blue Jays on ASG ballot
TORONTO -- Reigning Hank Aaron Award winner Jose Bautista headlines the list of nine Blue Jays players on the ballot for this year's All-Star Game in Kansas City.

Bautista set a Major League Baseball record last year for most fan votes ever received by one player. He finished with 7,454,753, which surpassed the previous high mark of 6,069,688, set by Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. in 1994.

The veteran outfielder should once again rank among the game's best in voting following two seasons in which he led the Major Leagues in home runs. It marked the first time since Mark McGwire (1996-99) that a player defended his home run king crown in back-to-back years.

While Bautista was the lone Blue Jays player to be voted into the All-Star Game last season, fans will have the opportunity to send more this year. Third baseman Brett Lawrie appears on the ballot for the first time following a rookie campaign that saw him hit .293 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs while posting a .953 OPS in just 43 games.

Other viable candidates include shortstop Yunel Escobar, designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, second baseman Kelly Johnson and first baseman Adam Lind.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Fans can also decide to cast their votes at Rogers Centre during the Blue Jays' home games. In-stadium voting opens on April 27 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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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