Brewers’ Aguilar headed to All-Star game after winning NL ‘Final Vote’

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

Seattle shortstop Jean Segura was first in the fan voting.

The Mariners asked fans to #SendSegura, and send they did.

The reigning NL MVP won't be participating for the AL squad in the All-Star Game next week in Washington. Prevailing in NL is Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar.

Segura in the Final Vote beat out Andrew Benintendi of the Red Sox, Eddie Rosario of the Twins, Andrelton Simmons of the Angels, and Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees. They distributed #SendSegura shirts, partnered with several local businesses on discounts to promote voting and even held open voting sessions at Safeco Field that saw surprise appearances by injured Mariners Mike Zunino and Hernández and general manager Jerry Dipoto. The first-time All-Star has come out of nowhere to author an unexpected breakout during the first half of the season, and has helped Milwaukee to the NL's best record.

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park (July 17), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 15), GEICO All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (July 13-17), and PLAY BALL Park at The Yards (July 13-17), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city.

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Segura now has 116 hits this season, tied for the second-most in Major League Baseball.

Segura's consistent production has helped ease the loss of second baseman Robinson Cano, who first suffered a broken hand and was then hit with an 80-game suspension for a positive PED test. Heading into Wednesday's series finale with Miami, the 28-year-old led the National League in homers (23) and slugging percentage (.631) while ranking third in RBI (64).

Segura will be Seattle's fourth All-Star, joining designated hitter Nelson Cruz, outfielder Mitch Haniger and closer Edwin Diaz.

The results of the Final Vote to determine the last roster spot on the American League and National League All-Star teams are in.

For the eight players not selected in the Final Vote, the All-Star dream is not officially over. A handful of these deserving could still be added in the coming days.

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