The 2023 MLB All-Star Game is nearly upon us, and teams' campaigns to get their hometown heroes elected to the event are running aplenty around social media. Set to take place on July 11 at T-Mobile Park, the home of the Seattle Mariners, it's a bit surprising that we're already nearing that time of the season.
Leading the voting in round 1 was Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves and Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels, both of whom are now locked into the Midsummer Classic. For Acuña, this will be his fourth All-Star Game while Ohtani will be participating in his third since coming over to the United States prior to the 2018 campaign.
Multiple members of the Toronto Blue Jays' position player group found themselves at or near the top of the charts at their respective positions; including Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Matt Chapman, Whit Merrifield, Kevin Kiermaier, George Springer, Daulton Varsho and Brandon Belt.
However, every single MLB team needs to be represented in the game, and each of these Blue Jays making the cut is highy unlikely. It's also worth mentioning that the fan voting is only for position players, so we have no real concept of which pitchers are bound for the game. Looking at the Jays' pitching staff, there are a few hurlers that stand out, but only one is a sure thing to be elected by his peers.
Despite the fact that the Jays did so well early on in the voting, not a single player was chosen to start the All-Star Game on the AL side. There were some second-place finishes, but nobody was able to secure enough votes to automatically earn an ASG election.
With such a strong lineup and a solid roster as a whole, there are a handful of Blue Jays that deserve to represent the club at the All-Star Game. Let's dive in and pick out the top three candidates who we'll likely see in the event in the coming weeks.