Jazz Chisholm Jr. leads NL second baseman in All-Star voting
It’s not just South Florida: Baseball fans across the country have apparently fallen in love with Jazz Chisholm Jr.
At least, that’s what the initial voting results for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game tell us. As Chisholm, in his second full season in the Majors, leads the National League second basemen in the first taped for All-Star Game fan voting on Tuesday.
If he finishes atop the vote in his position, Chisholm would be the first Miami Marlin voted to start an MLB All-Star Game since former outfielder Marcell Ozuna in 2017.
“It means a lot to me that people recognize what I’m doing there, and that I’m having fun and enjoying the game. I can’t help but say how happy I am to be in the position I’m in right now.
Chisholm, however, is locked in a tight three-way race with Atlanta Braves star Ozzie Albies and New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil. Chisholm leads with 634,762 votes, followed by Albies with 589,804 and McNeil with 580,257.
Phase 1 of All-Star voting ends on June 30, and the top two in each position will advance to Phase 2, except for the top voter in each league, who will lock in their place in the game and bypass Phase 2. Fans can vote five times a day on MLB.com.
Chisholm, 24, has built a worthy case this year and not just because of his flashy, fan-friendly style of play. The infielder has one of the best combinations of speed and power in MLB with 13 homers and 11 interceptions, entering Tuesday.
Albies, Chisholm’s toughest competition and two-time All-Star, underwent foot surgery last week. McNeil appeared in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game and has the advantage of playing for a World Series contender in America’s biggest media market.
Chisholm’s star power, however, is undeniable at this point and he has the NL’s ninth-best slugging percentage, 10th-most RBIs, sixth-most stolen bases and second-most triples, all while trying to keep the Marlins in contention for the 2022 MLB Postseason. He is also one of eight Bahamians to ever reach the major leagues.
With Chisholm in the midst of a breakout season, Miami is fortunate to have multiple All-Stars this season for the first time since 2017. Although All-Star pitchers are not determined by fan vote, the star starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara positioned himself as something close to a lock for the All-Star Game with the second-best ERA in the NL.
This story was originally published June 21, 2022 12:47 p.m.