The New York Yankees will try to make it back-to-back MLB All-Star Game MVPs this summer in Seattle, after Giancarlo Stanton made his hometown proud by mashing in Hollywood last July (and then, uh, he dipped out for a while, unfortunately).
So when can you start making an early voting push for the Bombers? Unfortunately, it'll be a while, so sit tight.
MLB All-Star Game Details 2023
MLB's got a beautiful follow-up to last summer's midsummer classic in Los Angeles. They're sending the game's stars to Seattle from Sat. July 8 through Tues. July 11.
Play Ball Park (aka MLB FanFest) appears to begin on Saturday this time around, as opposed to Friday in previous years. Attendees can play games, purchase collectibles and, most importantly, meet ball players, as long as they've got a finger on the pulse and a quick trigger in navigating apps. You've also got to be willing to wait. Waiting's fun.
The MLB All-Star Futures Game, which has been a showcase for Yankees like Jasson Dominguez and Ken Waldichuk in recent years, will take place on Saturday as well, followed by the All-Star Celebrity Softball Game, which is both fun and a complete disaster. The events take a break for the MLB Draft to begin on Sunday, with the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game following on Monday and Tuesday.
Great. Yes. We get it. So when can we vote?!
How does MLB All-Star Voting Work in 2023?
Gone are the days when physical ballots would appear in stadiums across the league as early as April.
Now, fans have to wait until early June to begin voting for the starters online. Last year, the game took place on July 19 and voting began on June 8. Expect both of those dates to shift up one week this time around.
When the first round of fan voting is done, each position will be narrowed down to two finalists, and fans will pick between them to determine starters over an additional week of balloting. At that point, the player's ballot picks most of the reserves, the Commissioner's Office adds four position players and two pitchers per league, and any injury/cowardice replacements (looking at you, Astros) will come from second-place finishers on the player's ballot.
And, yes, every team still needs a representative. Even the Mets.