HOUSTON – After a hot start to the 2016 Major League Baseball season, former UConn baseball standout and current Houston Astros rightfielder George Springer (’11) has been named as one of five American League finalists for the MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, as announced by the league on Tuesday night.
Fans can vote for the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote until 4 p.m. ET on Friday. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will be announced during a Final Vote-themed telecast of "MLB Now" featuring commentary from political analyst Jeff Greenfield, live on MLB Network and MLB.com from 4-5 p.m. ET. MLB Network will provide extensive coverage across all of its studio programming during the Final Vote, including interviews with the candidates, frequent updates, heat maps indicating the cities where votes are being cast for each candidate, news on player and club campaigns and a running countdown clock leading up to the announcement. A link to vote has been posted above.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Final Vote will include social balloting, as Twitter support for the 10 candidates over the last six hours of balloting will count toward their vote totals. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ET on Friday, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners.
Springer, who has played in 84 games for the Astros in 2016, is hitting .265 with 19 home runs and 50 RBIs in 339 at-bats. The former Husky slugger holds a .362 OBP and has swiped six bases from the top of the Houston order.
During his three-season career in Connecticut (2009-11), Springer re-wrote the UConn record books en route to a pair of All-America nods. The New Britain, Conn. native is among the top-five in UConn history in runs (220, first), hits (242, fourth), doubles (53, fourth), triples (10, third), home runs (46, first), RBIs (196, second), total bases (453, second), walks (128, third) and stolen bases (76, third). Springer led UConn to a pair of Big East titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances, capturing the 2011 Clemson Regional and a trip to the NCAA Super Regionals. Following his junior season in 2011, he was selected by the Astros with 11th overall pick, the highest MLB Draft pick in UConn history.
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