With three weeks to go in fan balloting, Diamondbacks’ first baseman Paul Goldschmidt needs some help.
If Goldschmidt is to be the first Arizona player to start in an All-Star game since Jay Bell and Matt Williams were elected by fan ballot for the 1999 mid-summer classic at Fenway Park, supporters will have to likely stuff the ballot box.
In the latest numbers announced earlier this week, Goldschmidt climbed to the second spot among first basemen but trails the Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez by just over 100,000 votes. The most recent figures released by Major League Baseball has Gonzalez in the lead among first baseman with 888,906 votes. Goldschmidt’s votes total 784,026.
“I really don’t pay much attention to that stuff,” the usual modest Goldschmidt said after this past Wednesday’s game at Chase Field. “My goal is to play well and help us win.”
Overall, Rockies’ shortstop Troy Tulowitski continues in front of all National League vote-getters. In the latest numbers, he has 2,007,202 but the Jays’ Jose Bautista leads both leagues with 2,135,223 votes.
If Goldschmidt is taking aim on Gonzalez, the Braves’ Freddie Freeman is clearly in the rear-view mirror. Freeman is close to Goldschmidt and now trails the Arizona slugger with 710,778 votes.
Over the past two years, more than 40 million votes were cast through a number of platforms. These include voting at major league ball parks and casting votes on-line. Fans have until 11:59 p.m., Eastern time on July 3 to vote and are encouraged by Major League Baseball to vote often.
Fans can also vote for participants in the Home Run Derby, which will be conducted on Monday July 15 in Target Field in Minneapolis. There are 10 players on each the American League and National League ballots and five will be selected. Goldschmidt is on the ballot among potential National League participants.
Goldschmidt is the only Diamondback given any consideration for the National League. Each club must be represented by at least one player.
The All-Star game is slated for Tuesday night July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Twins. The game will be televised nationally by FOX and on channel 10, the local FOX affiliate.
On Thursday, the Diamondbacks signed catcher-infielder Jordan Pacheco off the Colorado Rockies’ roster.
Pacheco was designated for assignment by the Rockies on June 4 and thus available. In 22 games for Colorado this season, the 28 year-old hit .236 (17-for-72) with six doubles, one triple and eight RBIs. He joined the 25-man roster Thursday night in Houston and wears number 31.
To make room on for Pacheco, the D-backs designated infielder Nick Evans for assignment. In eight games with Arizona, Evans was 1-for-11 at the plate.
Elsewhere, the Diamondbacks assigned right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill to Single-A Advance Visalia. In 19 games with Arizona this season, Cahill was 1-6 with a 5.66 ERA. He was designated for assignment on June 9.