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Brewers Move Up In the Latest All-Star Balloting Update

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You’re not seeing things. Aramis Ramirez has taken over the top spot in the  latest National League All-Star balloting update provided by Major League Baseball. Carlos Gomez has also moved back into starting position and Jonathan Lucroy has passed Buster Posey for second place among NL backstops!

Oh, and how about Jean Segura in second among shortstops and Mark Reynolds and Rickie Weeks both getting on the board at their respective positions in 4th place?

Keep on Voting Brewers!!!

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Official Release: 2nd NL All-Star Balloting Update

The second update of National League voting totals for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, announced today by Major League Baseball, includes six Brewers among the leaders at their respective positions.

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Jonathan Lucroy moved up a spot to third among National League catchers with 522,310 votes, trailing the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina and the Giants’ Buster Posey. Lucroy is among NL leaders in doubles (3rd, 21), multi-hit games (T3rd, 21), batting average (4th, .325), hits (T5th, 66) and on-base percentage (9th, .394).  Aramis Ramirez (472,321 votes) and Jean Segura (403,259 votes) also rank third at their positions.

Three Brewers outfielders are among the leaders. Carlos Gomez is now in fifth among National League outfielders (819,385 votes), Ryan Braun (750,672 votes) is sixth and Khris Davis (329,744 votes) ranks 14th in the outfield. Gomez ranks among the National League leaders in total bases (5th, 116), extra-base hits (T5th, 28), slugging percentage (6th, .566), OPS (6th, .954), HR (T6th, 11), runs (T7th, 36), stolen bases (T8th, 11) and batting average (9th, .312).

Brewers fans have the well-earned reputation for filling the ballot boxes with All-Star votes for Milwaukee Brewers players year in and year out. With at least one Brewers player elected to start in five of the last seven All-Star Games since 2007, Milwaukee fans demonstrated that it doesn’t take the largest market to be heard as they voted for their favorite Brewers in almost unheard of numbers.

This season, eight Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held on Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Brewers fans will again have the opportunity to show their overwhelming fan support by helping decide which players will be named to the Midsummer Classic through the 2014 MLB In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program and the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot.

Brewers players on this year’s All-Star ballot include C Jonathan Lucroy, 1B Mark Reynolds, 2B Rickie Weeks, 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Jean Segura, OF Ryan Braun, OF Carlos Gomez and OF Khris Davis.

At Brewers.com, all fans voting 21 or more times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win a prize package that includes: four Field Box tickets to a mutually agreed-upon game, an opportunity to go down Bernie’s slide (restrictions apply), an opportunity to watch batting practice that day from the field and a meet and greet with five-time All-Star Ryan Braun. There is a maximum of 25 votes per email address. More information and rules may be found at Brewers.com. Additionally, fans voting online will be eligible to purchase Field Outfield and Club Outfield seats for select Brewers games at a savings of up to 50% (details available after voting at Brewers.com).

Those visiting Miller Park are encouraged to vote early and often via paper ballot at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games along the first base concourse. In-park balloting at Miller Park continues through Friday, June 15, comprising 23 home dates. The Vote Brewers! campaign features event staff decked out at home games in promotional t-shirts, and signage along the Miller Park fascia and behind the plate. In addition, media partners FOX Sports Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ will be promoting the initiative on broadcasts, and the World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages will help distribute voting information around the city. There will also be voting parties staged during the balloting period.

With every 10 ballots turned in to the All-Star Polling District, fans will receive one raffle ticket that will enter them in a drawing for the opportunity to win a collector’s item daily, ranging from game-used memorabilia to player autographs. A drawing will be held during every home game through June 15 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game. Rules will be available at the Polling District.

Last season, Gomez and Segura represented the Brewers at the Midsummer Classic. Ryan Braun narrowly missed being elected a starter for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game after finishing fourth in voting among National League outfielders to Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers by just over 100,000 votes. Braun was later named a starter to replace the injured Kemp.

In 2011, Braun led National League outfielders in voting for the fourth straight season and led all NL players in voting for the first time (5,928,004). He is the only Brewers player to ever be elected to start in four consecutive All-Star Games (did not play in 2011 due to injury). Rickie Weeks was selected to his first All-Star Game as the NL’s starting second baseman and Prince Fielder started and made his third All-Star appearance in 2011. In 2010, Braun and Corey Hart started for the Brewers (Hart was named as a starter after an injury to Atlanta’s Jason Heyward).

In 2009, Braun and Fielder joined Trevor Hoffman as All-Stars. In addition to Braun in 2008, Hart was named that year to the National League All-Star team via the Monster All-Star Final Vote. In 2007, Fielder received the second-most votes in the National League en route to his first career All-Star team, becoming the first Brewers player to be voted to the All-Star Game since Paul Molitor was selected at third base in 1988. A complete list of All-Stars in franchise history can be found on page 285 of the 2014 Brewers media guide.

Both the National League and American League teams will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers.

Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com through Thursday, July 3 at 10:59pm CT.

Official Release: First 2014 NL All-Star Balloting Update

The first update of National League voting totals for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, announced today by Major League Baseball, includes five Brewers among the leaders at their respective positions.

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Aramis Ramirez ranks second among National League third basemen with 282,843 votes, trailing only Colorado’s Nolan Arenado (318,111 votes). Ryan Braun is third among National League outfielders (446,780 votes) and Carlos Gomez ranks sixth in the outfield (370,630 votes). Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon (549,394 votes) and Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen (467,378 votes) are the leading vote-getters among NL outfielders.
 
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy is fourth among NL catchers with 236,935 votes and Jean Segura is currently fifth at shortstop with 202,597 votes.
 
Brewers fans have the well-earned reputation for filling the ballot boxes with All-Star votes for Milwaukee Brewers players year in and year out. With at least one Brewers player elected to start in five of the last seven All-Star Games since 2007, Milwaukee fans demonstrated that it doesn’t take the largest market to be heard as they voted for their favorite Brewers in almost unheard of numbers.
 
This season, eight Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held on Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Brewers fans will again have the opportunity to show their overwhelming fan support by helping decide which players will be named to the Midsummer Classic through the 2014 MLB In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program and the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot.
 
Brewers players on this year’s All-Star ballot include C Jonathan Lucroy, 1B Mark Reynolds, 2B Rickie Weeks, 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Jean Segura, OF Ryan Braun, OF Carlos Gomez and OF Khris Davis. 
 
At Brewers.com, all fans voting 21 or more times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win a prize package that includes: four Field Box tickets to a mutually agreed-upon game, an opportunity to go down Bernie’s slide (restrictions apply), an opportunity to watch batting practice that day from the field and a meet and greet with five-time All-Star Ryan Braun. There is a maximum of 25 votes per email address. More information and rules may be found at Brewers.com. Additionally, fans voting online will be eligible to purchase Field Outfield and Club Outfield seats for select Brewers games at a savings of up to 50% (details available after voting at Brewers.com).
 
Those visiting Miller Park are encouraged to vote early and often via paper ballot at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games along the first base concourse. In-park balloting at Miller Park continues through Friday, June 15, comprising 23 home dates. The Vote Brewers! campaign features event staff decked out at home games in promotional t-shirts, and signage along the Miller Park fascia and behind the plate. In addition, media partners FOX Sports Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ will be promoting the initiative on broadcasts, and the World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages will help distribute voting information around the city. There will also be voting parties staged during the balloting period.
 
With every 10 ballots turned in to the All-Star Polling District, fans will receive one raffle ticket that will enter them in a drawing for the opportunity to win a collector’s item daily, ranging from game-used memorabilia to player autographs. A drawing will be held during every home game through June 15 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game. Rules will be available at the Polling District.
 
Last season, Gomez and Segura represented the Brewers at the Midsummer Classic. Ryan Braun narrowly missed being elected a starter for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game after finishing fourth in voting among National League outfielders to Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers by just over 100,000 votes. Braun was later named a starter to replace the injured Kemp.
 
In 2011, Braun led National League outfielders in voting for the fourth straight season and led all NL players in voting for the first time (5,928,004). He is the only Brewers player to ever be elected to start in four consecutive All-Star Games (did not play in 2011 due to injury). Rickie Weeks was selected to his first All-Star Game as the NL’s starting second baseman and Prince Fielder started and made his third All-Star appearance in 2011. In 2010, Braun and Corey Hart started for the Brewers (Hart was named as a starter after an injury to Atlanta’s Jason Heyward).
 
In 2009, Braun and Fielder joined Trevor Hoffman as All-Stars. In addition to Braun in 2008, Hart was named that year to the National League All-Star team via the Monster All-Star Final Vote. In 2007, Fielder received the second-most votes in the National League en route to his first career All-Star team, becoming the first Brewers player to be voted to the All-Star Game since Paul Molitor was selected at third base in 1988. A complete list of All-Stars in franchise history can be found on page 285 of the 2014 Brewers media guide.
 
Both the National League and American League teams will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers.
 
Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com through Thursday, July 3 at 10:59pm CT.

The Case for Jean Segura

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The time for voting is over. Well, at least until they announce the “Final Vote” participants anyway. But the time to make your voice heard in Major League Baseball’s annual “page-views-driven popularity contest which is easily swayed by a motivated fan base”, a.k.a. the All-Star Game Fan Ballot, has expired. Now comes the requisite gnashing of the teeth and summer’s version of the airing of grievances.

Yes, the rosters for both the American and National Leagues will be revealed in a television event the likes of which you’ve only seen once a year for the last several! (That’s not all that catchy, is it?) Though the reveal this year happens on FOX, after having been on TBS last year, if I recall correctly, so that’s a change. Regardless, when the eligible participants in this year’s All-Star Game in Flushing, New York at Citi Field are unveiled, that’s when the real conversations start to take place.

Because everyone seems to love an enthusiastic, good-natured chat about “snubs.”

Hopefully, I don’t think that we’ll have to have that discussion about Brewers starting shortstop Jean Segura. If ever there was what should be a non-fan-elected lock to make an All-Star team, Segura is one. His numbers are All-Star caliber and his profile in a fantasy sports landscape is more than elevated enough to allay concerns that fans of teams outside the NL Central Division won’t know who he is.

The Dominican-born Segura was the key piece in the 2012 trade deadline deal which sent Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Orange County, SoCal, California. He spent a pittance of time in the Brewers minor league system last year following the trade but was recalled at the beginning of August. His first month against MLB pitching was nothing to write home about, but from September on, all the young star has done is consistently display 4.5 tools on an everyday basis.

Entering play tonight on Friday, July 5th, Segura is slashing .323/.359/.497 (with an OPS+ of 129). He’s produced a National League-best 108 hits, 28 of which went for extra bases. He’s third in the league with 26 stolen bases (against one three caught stealings) and despite only walking 14 times, he’s only struck out in 42 at-bats. He’s doing things at the plate that don’t show up in the box score as well. He’s hit behind lead-off man Norichika Aoki very well situationally in moving Aoki up on the bases. And his seemingly innate ability to beat out infield grounders for base hits has kept many an inning alive while contributing to more than one rally.

Segura has shined in the field as well. His range is a breath of fresh air for Brewers fans who have dealt with the likes of Yuniesky Betancourt, Cody Ransom, a hobbled Alex Gonzalez, and more over the course of the past two full seasons. When positioned straight up in the field, there isn’t much hit on the ground to the left side that Segura can’t get to. His throwing arm has been accurate and gloriously strong also. The only knock on Segura at this point — and it’s been around since he was under consideration to move to second base while with the Angels organization — is that sometimes his hands aren’t all that soft. There have been a number of plays this season where Segura reaches a ball, doesn’t field it completely cleanly, but recovers with his quickness and arm to still collect an out. In fact, some of those plays helped highlight Segura’s arm early this season and get everyone excited in the first place.

On the advanced metric side of things, Segura’s contributions in all facets of the game have led to his compilation of 3.2 bWAR/3.5 fWAR already this season. He’s also posted a 7.8 WPA+ and carries a .369 wOBA and a 136 wRC+. Those are what you would call significant totals.

But I understand that the world we live in doesn’t allow for a team of starters based solely on their baseball playing merits. Troy Tulowitzki was justifiably garnering the majority of the fan vote before he cracked a rib and has missed significant time. He may be activated prior to the All-Star Game, but odds are that Colorado would suggest he not expose himself to unnecessary situations in an glorified exhibition. Beyond him, there isn’t a single shortstop available to play for the National League on July 16th that contains as complete a package and therefore as much potential to positively contribute to the fortunes of the team than Jean Segura.

The experts from various websites have begun to release their choices for starting players, if not full rosters, and they by and large agree with the Segura selection. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal wants Segura to start at shortstop. On his side of the fence are ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, Tim Kurkjian, Jerry Crasnick, Buster Olney and Jim Bowden. The only ESPN panelist to choose a different starter was David Schoenfield who would tap Andrelton Simmons. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman also thinks that Jean Segura should get the call to start in Tulo’s place. (I’ll update this space with other choices as I come across them between now and the television reveal.)

And Ron Roenicke still has my favorite quote about Segura’s All-Star resume. “If Segura isn’t an All-Star, then people aren’t paying attention.”

The bottom line is that people in and around baseball want Jean Segura on the National League All-Star Team. He’s the best choice to help the NL win the day and he’s the necessary choice if they’re only going to send one representative from the Milwaukee Brewers (though they need to send Carlos Gomez too, don’t kid yourselves). But, whether Segura was elected by his peers or selected by the National League’s coaches will be secondary to the fact that he makes the team at all.

Jean Segura has been a revelation to the Milwaukee Brewers, their fans, and fantasy baseball players all over the world. Let him put the skills that made his such on display in New York on Tuesday, July 16th. It’s the right thing to do.

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Official All-Star Voting Party Scheduled

With the Vote Brewers! campaign underway and voting for the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in full-swing, the Brewers and UW-Milwaukee have planned a Vote Brewers! party on the UWM campus this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The party will take place at the UWM Union (2200 East Kenwood Boulevard).

Fans will have an opportunity to cast their votes online balloting via the laptop computers in the UWM Union All-Star Polling District. In addition, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages will be in attendance at the balloting party.

Eight Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be held on Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field in New York.  Players on this year’s All-Star ballot include 1B Corey Hart, 2B Rickie Weeks, SS Jean Segura, 3B Aramis Ramirez, C Jonathan Lucroy, OF Ryan Braun, OF Carlos Gomez and OF Norichika Aoki.  Write-in votes are also possible.

In-park balloting at Miller Park is underway and will continue through Friday, June 21, comprising 25 home dates.  With every 10 ballots turned in to the All-Star Polling District at Miller Park, fans will receive one raffle ticket that will enter them in a drawing for the opportunity to win a collector’s item daily, ranging from game-used memorabilia to player autographs. A drawing will be held during every home game through June 21 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game.  Rules will be available at the Polling District.

Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com a maximum of 35 times per email address through Thursday, July 4 at 10:59 CT.  All fans voting 21 times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win Ryan Braun’s Miller Park Suite for a night, complete with tickets, food and a personal visit from the young Brewers slugger.  Fans voting online will also receive a buy-one, get-one offer for select Brewers home games.  More information and rules may be found at Brewers.com.