Hot start makes Davis a ballot highlight
O's slugging first baseman has made early case for Midsummer Classic
BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis had a historic start to the season, and the first baseman is one of several Orioles who could represent the team at this year's All-Star Game.
Davis, who finished last season on a roll, won back-to-back American League Player of the Week honors after opening the year with four homers and 17 RBIs in his first six games.
"Chris just kind of understands who he is and what he has to do," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He has some periods where he'll get away from it. Hopefully his valleys won't be as long and he can stay in that peak period. That's what he's trying to do. He's very mature about where he is offensively."
Davis, who has never made an All-Star team, joins teammates Adam Jones and Matt Wieters -- who were both AL All-Stars along with closer Jim Johnson in 2012 -- as a candidate on the All-Star ballot, which was released Wednesday.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, July 4, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Fans may submit twenty-five (25) online ballots during the voting period, but can also earn a one-time bonus of ten (10) additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, visit www.mlb.com and register in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans can also once again participate in the 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 Home Run Derby. The 2013 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 15.
The 2013 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 7, on the 2013 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 All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by freecreditscore.com 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 2013 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 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 84th 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 SiriusXM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, 20, is also on the ballot. He is joined by most of the team's starters, including shortstop J.J. Hardy and outfielders Nick Markakis, Nate McLouth and Nolan Reimold, while right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel was an AL Final Vote candidate last year.
In-stadium All-Star voting at Camden Yards begins May 7 and runs through June 25.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.