(WTNH)–New Britain native and former UConn star George Spinger is thisclose to becoming an All-Star. But first, he needs your help.
The Houston Astros outfielder was among five players named to the final fan vote for the All-Star Game on Tuesday. The game’s starters and reserves were also announced on Tuesday.
Springer is batting .263 with 19 home runs and 50 RBI so far this season, which incidentally, are almost identical numbers to those of Colorado Rockies shortstop (and former New Britain Rock Cat) Trevor Story.
Entering Tuesday, the only difference in those numbers was that Story was batting a single percentage point higher than Springer–.264. Story is also a final All-Star vote candidate, in the National League. His fast start earned him far more headlines than Springer has gotten this season, but the New Britain native is making a name for himself for the surging Astros, who shook off a terrible start to surge into second in the A.L. West at 45-39. They’re back among the playoff contenders.
Springer will be going head-to-head with Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (.290, 16 HR), Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (.278, 18 HR), Boston Red Sox fan favorite Dustin Pedroia (.306 BA, .371 OBP), and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders (.290, 15 HR).
This would be Springer’s first career All-Star appearance.
Voting closes at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, July 10.