It took the second-most votes in the history of MLB’s Final Vote contest to keep the Giants’ Brandon Belt off the National League All-Star team.
The Brewers’ Jesus Aguilar was revealed on Wednesday night as the NL’s winner, but the slugging first baseman needed to become the second player in the 17-year history of the online fan vote to clear the 20-million mark to do it. Belt still could wind up in Washington D.C. next week for the game, though it’d be as an injury replacement.
Mariners shortstop Jean Segura won the AL’s 32nd roster spot.
Belt won the NL Final Vote spot in 2016 with 10.4 million votes. The first baseman’s 2018 vote totals were not released, but he finished second in the NL, followed by Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Trea Turner of the Washington Nationals and Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Segura, who received 13.6 million votes, was followed by Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton, Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario and Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
According to MLB.com. Aguilar’s vote total of 20,229,498 is second only to the Dodgers’ Justin Turner, who won last season’s NL spot with 20,819,242 votes.
The 28-year-old Venezuelan is tied for the National League lead with 23 home runs,
“It’s going to be my dream come true,” Aguilar told MLB.com. “It was a lot of stuff; it was three busy days. But we’re here. We made it. I just have to say thank you. I really appreciate it. It means a lot. That’s why you work so hard. … I can’t believe it yet. From no spot in Spring Training to the All-Star Game, it’s a big step.
“I never thought this thing was going to happen to me. I just kept working … and I’m an All-Star guy right now. It’s unbelievable. I can’t believe it yet.”
Segura, the 28-year-old Seattle shortstop, is batting .329 and ranked second in the majors with 116 hits. Segura, who made the NL All-Star squad in 2013 with Milwaukee, is the first Seattle player to win the fan voting for the final spot.
“It was unbelievable,” Segura told MLB.com. “I can’t believe there’s that kind of people around the world supporting me — fans, the marketing department for the organization, the people in Seattle, my teammates, everybody trying to help get votes for me. It feels amazing.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports