Ryan Braun in Running for Final All-Star Game Vote
Tuesday, Ryan Braun was named as one of the five candidates eligible for the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the National League to select the last player for the All-Star squad. And while the Brewers will launch an aggressive campaign to get out the vote, it will be up to Brewers fans to answer the call and vote early and often for their star outfielder.
Braun is seeking to become an All Star for the seventh time in his career, joining teammate catcher Jonathan Lucroy in San Diego for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 12. Lucroy was selected to the squad by New York Mets Manager Terry Collins earlier today, earning his second appearance on the team by hitting .296 with a .355 on-base percentage and a .484 slugging percentage.
Braun is one of five candidates for the Esurance All-Star Final Vote along with 1B Brandon Belt (San Francisco), 3B Jake Lamb (Arizona), OF Starling Marte (Pittsburgh) and SS Trevor Story (Colorado).
Braun has appeared in 69 games this season and ranks among the Major League leaders in batting average (9th, .323). The right-fielder owns a .916 OPS and has collected 30 extra-base hits, including 16 doubles and 13 home runs. The 2007 NL Rookie of the Year, notched career hit number 1,500 on June 7 vs. Oakland and joined Robin Yount (3,142), Paul Molitor (2,281), Cecil Cooper (1,815) and Jim Gantner (1,696) as the only Brewers with 1,500 hits. In addition, Braun is the all-time franchise leader in home runs with 268.
Braun will need the fans’ support by voting online at brewers.com/vote and via SMS by texting N2 to 89269. Fans can vote as many times as they would like but the window is brief - voting ends on Friday, July 8 at 3 p.m. CT.
Additionally, fans can help send Braun to San Diego by tweeting with the hashtag #VoteBraun on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT. Every Tweet with that hashtag will count as a vote for Braun.
To encourage voting, fans can look for special appearances around town to promote Braun’s candidacy.