As all baseball fans know, the 2022 All Star Game will be played in Los Angeles this year. Dodger fans are notorious for not voting in the All Star fan vote portion of the selection process, but this year may be different. At least I would hope so. When this is published, there will be a little more than 24 hours before Phase I is complete, and we will learn of the top vote getters going into Phase II. The ballot will be available until 5:00 PM ET on June 30, final day for Phase I, and can be found here:
The top two vote-getters at each position, including designated hitter, and the top six outfielders in each league will be revealed on MLB Network at 5:00 p.m. ET on June 30. The leading vote-getter in each league will receive a spot in their team’s starting lineup while the other top vote-getters will advance to Phase 2 of voting. If an outfielder is a league’s leading vote-getter, only the next four outfield finalists will move on to Phase 2 to determine who starts at the two remaining spots. As of the last reporting, Mookie Betts is the top vote getter in the NL and will automatically be on the roster if it ends that way.
The other players will move onto Phase 2, which runs from 12 p.m. ET on July 5 through 2 p.m. ET on July 8. Votes from Phase 1 do not carry over and fans can only vote once during this period. The starting position players in each league will be revealed later on July 8.
Next, pitchers and reserves are selected by a player’s ballot. Five starters and three relievers from each league will be chosen by the players, in addition to another position player, for each position and DH. Once the players are done, there will be 26 roster spots filled in each league.
If the top vote-getter at a position has also been selected via fan voting, the second-place finisher in this category is selected.
Finally, the last six spots are filled by the Commissioner’s Office. Four will be pitchers and two will be position players on each side. While managers used to have a say in this vote, that’s no longer the case. This is where each team without an All Star in either the fan or player vote will be determined.
Key dates ahead of the 2022 MLB All-Star Game
- Phase 1 fan voting begins: Wednesday, June 8
- Phase 1 fan voting ends: Thursday, June 30 at 1:59 p.m. ET
- Phase 2 fan voting begins: Tuesday, July 5 at noon ET
- Phase 2 fan voting ends: Friday, July 8 at 1:59 p.m. ET
- All-Star Starters Reveal Show: Friday, July 8
- 2022 MLB All-Star Selection Show: Sunday, July 10
- 2022 MLB All-Star Game: Tuesday, July 19
Finally, the new CBA allows the commissioner to add a special selection to each squad — something that has long made sense as a way to honor all-time greats nearing the end of their careers. This looks like a perfect spot for either Yadier Molina or Albert Pujols.
The most recent reporting of the votes can be seen here (as of June 27 AM):
As previously slated, Mookie Betts is currently the leading NL vote getter and is about 80,000 votes in front of Ronald Acuña Jr. If Acuña does pass Mookie, Mookie would still be moved to Phase II, there is little danger in him being caught by the fifth OF in votes received.
Freddie Freeman has an outside chance of catching Pete Alonso for 2nd place, but he is really the only chance of any other LAD advancing to Phase II. He is about 200,000 votes shy of Alonso. Paul Goldschmidt is way ahead of both.
Currently, Bryce Harper is the leading vote getter for DH with William Contreras #2. The third place vote getter is Albert Pujols, but he is about 430,000 votes shy of Contreras. Here is a scenario I would like to see.
Bryce Harper will be replaced as an injured player, and I can think of none better than Tio Albert. He is a much better choice than Max Muncy, J.D. Davis, and Luke Voit, the next three DH vote getters. If this happens, then the Commissioner can select Yadi Molina as the special selection.
I do not think Will Smith will either be voted onto the All Star NL roster by the fans or the players, meaning he is going to need to be added on by the Commissioner’s office. I do not know what teams will be without an All Star, so this will be difficult to handicap. But I do think there is sufficient evidence to support Will being on the team.
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