Phase one of voting for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game in Los Angeles is complete.
There will be a second phase beginning today, July 1.
But for now, phase one is complete and we’ve got a little more clarity on who will be in the All-Star starting lineups for the American League and the National League.
ESPN’s top MLB insider Jeff Passan announced the news on Twitter and reminded everybody that the finalists for each position will face another round of voting.
Yankees OF Aaron Judge and Braves OF Ronald Acuña Jr. are guaranteed starting spots in the All-Star Game after receiving the most votes in their respective leagues in Phase 1 of voting.
The finalists at each position will face another round of voting to round out the starters.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 30, 2022
Judge and Acuna are two guys who have had some recent injury struggles.
Judge has been hurt off and on several times since his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2017.
Acuna went down last year with a torn ACL and missed the rest of the season.
So, it’s good that these guys have come back, returned to form, and been given spots on the All-Star rosters, much less in the starting lineups.
These are All-Star caliber players when healthy and guys who are capable of putting up MVP type numbers.
Now, both of them are assured a starting spot on their All-Star rosters.
The 24-year-old Acuna has hit seven home runs and is hitting .281 with 18 RBI.
Judge has been the one carrying the load for the Yankees.
The 30-year-old MVP candidate is hitting .286 and has already hit 29 home runs and driven in 59 runs.
These are two guys who have returned to form and are leading the way for their respective ballclubs.
We’ll see what the next round of voting brings for the remaining candidates.