Nelson Cruz Voted as AL All-Star Starter at DH

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SEATTLE, Wash. –Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners has been voted as the starting designated hitter for the American League squad in the 86th Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be played Tuesday, July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

The 2015 American League and National League All-Star starters were unveiled earlier this evening during the “Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show” on ESPN.  Reserves, pitchers and Esurance MLB Final Vote candidates for the 2015 Midsummer Classic will be announced tomorrow night on the “Esurance All-Star Selection Show” on ESPN at 4 pm PT/7 pm ET.

In the AL’s tightest race, Nelson Cruz (10,632,184) claimed his fourth All-Star selection (2009, 2013-14) as he held off Kendrys Morales (10,320,500) of the Royals. It marks the second consecutive fan-elected start for Cruz, who claimed the starting assignment last year at Target Field while with Baltimore. Cruz, who joins Edgar Martinez (1997, 2001, 2003) as fan-elected designated hitters in Mariners history, is tied for third in the AL with 21 home runs and ranks fourth with a .555 slugging percentage. Overall, the 35-year-old native of the Dominican Republic is batting .304 with 11 doubles, a triple and 41 runs scored. Cruz ranks first in the Majors with 12 game-winning RBI and is tied with fellow All-Stars Harper and Frazier for first in the Majors with 20 go-ahead RBI on the season.

The 2015 All-Star Game will be played at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, July 14th at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT. The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries.  ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game.  MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Designated Hitters
# Player Club Votes
1. Nelson Cruz Mariners 10,632,184
2. Kendrys Morales Royals 10,320,500
3. Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays 5,165,417
4. Victor Martinez Tigers 2,973,210
5. Alex Rodriguez Yankees 2,362,347

 

CRUZ’s PLAYING RECORD

 


YEAR CLUB AVG G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SH SF HB BB SO SB CS SLG OBP
1998 DSL Mets .271 30 70 10 19 22 0 0 1 13 0 0 3 7 21 6 0 .314 .363
1999 DSL Mets .200 35 90 7 18 24 4 1 0 11 0 1 1 6 21 6 1 .267 .255
  DSL Mets-2 .278 36 115 20 32 41 4 1 1 21 0 2 1 16 27 14 0 .357 .366
2000 DSL Mets .351 69 259 60 91 158 14 4 15 80 4 4 8 33 56 17 4 .610 .434
2001 AZL Athletics .250 23 88 11 22 36 3 1 3 16 1 0 0 4 29 6 3 .409 .283
2002 Vancouver .276 63 214 23 59 85 14 0 4 25 4 1 4 9 58 12 1 .397 .316
2003 Kane County .238 119 470 65 112 202 26 2 20 85 1 6 9 29 128 10 5 .430 .292
2004 Modesto .345 66 261 54 90 152 27 1 11 52 0 1 4 24 73 8 4 .582 .407
  Midland .313 67 262 51 82 142 14 2 14 45 0 0 1 26 69 8 3 .542 .377
  Sacramento .231 4 13 4 3 7 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 .538 .286
2005 Huntsville .306 68 248 45 76 143 19 0 16 54 0 3 4 31 71 10 3 .577 .388
  Nashville .269 60 208 33 56 102 13 0 11 27 0 0 8 30 62 9 4 .490 .382
  MILWAUKEE .200 8 5 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .400 .429
2006 Nashville .302 104 371 68 112 196 22 1 20 73 0 4 6 42 100 17 6 .528 .378
  TEXAS .223 41 130 15 29 50 3 0 6 22 0 1 0 7 32 1 0 .385 .261
2007 TEXAS .235 96 307 35 72 118 15 2 9 34 1 1 2 21 87 2 4 .384 .287
  Oklahoma .352 44 162 32 57 113 9 1 15 45 0 2 2 21 34 1 2 .698 .428
2008 Oklahoma .342 103 383 93 131 266 18 3 37 99 0 4 5 56 87 24 8 .695 .429
  AZL Rangers .250 1 4 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .500 .500
  TEXAS .330 31 115 19 38 70 9 1 7 26 0 0 1 17 28 3 1 .609 .421
2009 TEXAS .260 128

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