Former A’s players receiving lots of love on MLB’s All-Star ballot
Jun 13, 2023, 9:45 AM
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On Monday, Major League Baseball released its first All-Star Ballot totals. And if the Oakland A’s hadn’t made any trades or re-signed some players in recent years, they’d have a lot of representation.
Leading the fan votes in both leagues are Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. (1,086,537 votes) and Los Angeles Angels pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani (924,182).
But Oakland A’s fans will notice several names at the top of their respective positions. The former Athletic with the most votes right now is Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien, with 707,712 votes. From 2015 through 202, the Bay Area native hit .256 with 107 home runs and 345 RBI over 773 games with the Green and Gold. Semien signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2021 before landing in Texas the following season.
Next in vote totals among former Oakland A’s players is Atlanta Braves catcher Sean Murphy, with 603,501 votes. Before being traded this past offseason, Murphy posted career-highs in 2022, including home runs (18), RBI (66), and batting average (.250).
And the final former Athletic leading their category is Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman, with 475,322 votes. Drafted by Oakland in 2014, Chapman spent five seasons with the A’s, recording 111 home runs and 296 RBI over 573 games.
Phase one of fan voting concludes Thursday, June 22. The top two players in each league at each position other than outfield, plus the top six outfielders in each league will be announced on at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 22, on the MLB Network.
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In total, 10 former Oakland ballplayers rank in the top 10 of voting.
- Second baseman Marcus Semien (ranked 1st in the AL)
- Third baseman Matt Chapman (ranked 1st in the AL )
- Catcher Sean Murphy (ranked 1st in the NL)
- Catcher Jonah Heim (ranked 2nd in the AL)
- First baseman Matt Olson (ranked 3rd in the NL)
- Third baseman Max Muncy (ranked 3rd in the NL)
- DH Robbie Grossman (ranked 3rd in the AL)
- Catcher Christian Bethancourt (ranked 7th in the AL)
- Shortstop Jorge Mateo (ranked 8th in the AL)
- Catcher Yan Gomes (ranked 8th in the NL)
The first All-Star ballot update is in and these guys are leading the pack!
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