Tulo grateful for ASG support, but 'mates need more
Shortstop leads with nearly 4 million votes; Arenado, Blackmon need push in final week
WASHINGTON -- Beyond putting his soul into being the best two-way shortstop in the Majors, the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki doesn't spend much time increasing his public profile. Yet fans have given him nearly 4 million votes for the 2014 All-Star Game -- the most of any National League player.
Tulowitzki has appeared in a few team-produced commercials over the years. But him having as a speaking part of a campaign for something like the All-Star Game -- it's just not him. On Tuesday, the day of the final update before Sunday's All-Star Selection Show reveals the vote totals and the starters in both leagues, Tulowitzki said even though he isn't the most interactive player in baseball, he truly appreciates the 3,997,477 votes that have put him safely in position for his second straight fan-elected start.
"It's satisfying," Tulowitzki said. "I work very hard and try to play the game the right way. Other people see that as well. The people across from me and the fans as well see how I approach the game, day in and day out. That reassures me that what I'm doing is correct.
"People around me know me pretty well. If the choice is go sign autographs or work to try to improve myself, I'm going to try to work to improve my game all day long. That's just me. Does it make it right? No. But that's the only way I know. It's gotten me to where I am today."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 9:59 p.m. MT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 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, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can 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 Gillette Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 6 p.m. MT on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 6, beginning at 5 p.m. MT on ESPN, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the 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 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
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Tulowtizki might not enjoy putting his face before the public. But when between the lines, Tulowitzki said, he never takes for granted what the fans at Coors Field give him.
"They're the ones that bring energy to the field at the times when you're feeling down," said Tulowitzki, who is in line to become the second NL shortstop with consecutive fan-voted All-Star starts since Hanley Ramirez 2008-10.
"[The fans] get you right back in the zone where you need to be. In Denver, the 'Tulo' chant means a lot. It turns the at-bat in my favor and gets the other pitcher a little tight out there. That's all a credit to the fans. I try to give them everything I can out there on the field. Without them, this game wouldn't be as fun to play."
Tulowitzki has announced that the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton will be a member of his Home Run Derby team, but said Tuesday he hasn't gone any further with his selections. When he does make them, it won't be easy.
"I'm kind of feeling it out, listening to other people ringing my telephone, sending a text message and telling me they would like to participate," he said. "It's what I agreed that I would do, but at the same time, it puts more on my plate. I'm trying to have fun with it, but it doesn't make things any easier."
Outside of Tulowitzki, the landslide leader at shortstop, the closest Rockies player to a starting berth is Charlie Blackmon, sixth among outfielders. The Rockies are campaigning for first baseman Justin Morneau to be invited somehow, based on his strong season at first base and the fact that he would be returning to his old stomping grounds in Minneapolis. Also, third baseman Nolan Arenado is close to returning from a broken middle finger he suffered in May. He was leading the race before the injury, but since has fallen out of the top five. The Rockies are campaigning for him, however.