Hunter Dozier

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Kansas City Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier, an SFA graduate, is a finalist for the MLB All-Star roster.

For the first time in the history of Major League Baseball, the Google MLB All-Star Starters Election will determine the starters for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard and in the running for a starting spot in the Midsummer Classic is former SFA baseball great and current Kansas City Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier.

Beginning at 11 a.m. today, fans will have a chance to vote for Dozier as the former ‘Jack seeks to become the first player in the history of the program to earn a starting spot in an MLB All-Star Game. The Google MLB All-Star Starters Election will run from 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning until 3:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon, giving fans just 28 hours to make their votes for Dozier count. Dozier is one of three finalists for the AL’s starting spot at third base, joining the Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman and the New York Yankees’ Gio Urshela.

Once voting goes live Wednesday morning, fans can vote one time on MLB.com. As well as the MLB.com voting process, fans can also cast an additional vote on Google. By searching “MLB Vote” on google.com, the full All-Star Ballot will be accessed in the search results. By searching “Hunter Dozier” a player-specific ballot will appear in the search results which will allow fans to vote for Dozier. Before submitting votes on Google, users must log in with their verified Google account.

The eighth overall selection in the 2013 MLB Draft, Dozier became the highest drafted player in the history of the Southland Conference and is in the midst of his best season in the big leagues. Hailing from Wichita Falls, Texas, Dozier is batting .305/.391/.580 and leads the Royals in average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS (.971) and WAR (2.2).

Capable of playing at either corner infield spot, Dozier tops the Royals’ charts in walks drawn (28) while ranking second in the club with 12 home runs. Additionally, Dozier ranks among the top five on the team in hits (fifth, 61), runs scored (fifth, 28), RBI (fifth, 38), doubles (fifth, 13) and extra-base hits (fifth, 28).

Should Dozier come out on top at the end of the 28-hour voting period, he’ll head to Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio — home of the Cleveland Indians — to start in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday, July 9.

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