MILWAUKEE – The votes from the first-ever Google MLB All-Star Starters Election have been tallied. Fans around the country have spoken, voting Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich into the starting lineup for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game, which will take place on Tuesday, July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
This marks the second career All-Star nod and first All-Star Game start for Yelich, who finished as the top vote-getter in the National League, garnering 930,577 votes during the 28-hour period that ran from 11 a.m. CT yesterday until 3 p.m. CT this afternoon. Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves will join him in the outfield to start the game, with the alignment to be determined by Dave Roberts, the manager of the NL All-Star team.
Yelich becomes the first member of the Crew to start in the Midsummer Classic since 2014, when three earned spots in the starting lineup: Carlos Gómez (left field), Jonathan Lucroy (catcher) and Aramis Ramirez (third base). He is the sixth outfielder in franchise history to start in the All-Star Game, joining Ben Oglivie (1980), Jeromy Burnitz (1999), Ryan Braun (2008-10, 2012), Corey Hart (2010) and Gómez (2014).
Second baseman Mike Moustakas and catcher Yasmani Grandal also represented the Brewers on the MLB All-Star Starters Election ballot, with both finishing third at their respective positions.
The remainder of the All-Star rosters for both squads – totaling 24 for the NL and 23 for the AL – will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the Commissioner’s Office. The balance of the rosters will be announced on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. CT this Sunday, June 30.