MLB All-Star voting, explained: How it works, latest results & leaders for 2023 fan vote

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The MLB All-Star Game gives fans a ton of influence in the voting, and because it occurs midseason, it adds an extra layer of fun to the race.

Fans in 2023 are able to vote for players in a multi-step process to send their favorites to Seattle. During the first phase of the process, fans can vote five times per day. In the second phase, that drops to once per day. Pitchers will be selected by MLB players.

Voting is a fast and furious process when it comes to the MLB All-Star Game. It is often a regional affair, and the races can be extremely tight.

Here is what to know about the All-Star voting in 2023, along with how fans can cast their votes in Phase 2 beginning on June 26.

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How does MLB All-Star voting work?

MLB All-Star voting is split into two phases. There is a general vote from from May 31 to June 22, in which fans can cast five votes per day for whichever players they want to play in the Midsummer Classic.

Then, from June 26 to June 29, the leaders from the Phase 1 vote advance to determine the starters.

Phase 1: May 31-June 22

Fans could begin casting votes for their favorite players on May 31, and ballots are open until Thursday, June 22. During Phase 1 voting, fans can cast up to five ballot per day.

The top vote-getters from each league will automatically start in the All-Star Game. At time of writing, that honor belongs to Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani for the AL and NL MVP frontrunner Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Braves.

Among players who aren't the top vote-getters in their league, the top two move on to Phase 2 to determine starters.

Roster spots decided: 1 per league (June 22, 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network)

Phase 2: June 26-29

In the second phase of voting, the top two players at each position go head-to-head to determine the starting lineups for the AL and NL. In the outfield, it will be the top six. If an outfielder is the top vote-getter in Phase 1, Phase 2 will only have the next four outfielders on the ballot.

Roster spots decided: 8 per league (June 29, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Pitchers and reserves

To determine pitchers, the vote is taken out of the fans' hands. Pitchers and reserves will be determined by a "player ballot" -- five starters and three relievers will be selected by this process. Eight reserves are also picked by this process.

The final spots will be selected by the Commissioner's Office, rounding out the rosters of 32.

Roster spots decided: 23 per league (July 2, 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)

When are MLB All-Star rosters announced?

  • Date: Thursday, June 29
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • Channel: ESPN
  • Stream: Watch ESPN, Fubo

Phase 2 winners will be announced Thursday, June 29 on a televised special. These will be the starters for the 2023 All-Star Game to be played at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.

The complete rosters (with pitchers and reserves) for both the AL and NL will be revealed on Sunday, July 2 during a separate special on ESPN starting at 5:30 p.m. ET. 

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MLB All-Star voting results 2023

This section will continue to be updated as leaders are announced on June 22, June 29, and July 2.

American League leaders

MLB released the American League leaders as of Tuesday, two days before voting closes. 

C: Adley Rutschman, Orioles
1B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays
2B: Marcus Semien, Rangers
3B: Matt Chapman, Blue Jays
SS: Bo Bichette, Blue Jays
LF: Randy Arozarena, Rays
CF: Mike Trout, Angels
RF: Aaron Judge, Yankees
DH: Shohei Ohtani, Angels

National League leaders

C: Sean Murphy, Braves
1B: Freddie Freeman, Dodgers
2B: Luis Arraez, Marlins
3B: Nolan Arenado, Cardinals
SS: Orlando Arcia, Braves
LF: Corbin Carroll, Diamondbacks
CF: Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves
RF: Mookie Betts, Dodgers
DH: J.D. Martinez, Dodgers

How to vote for 2023 MLB All-Star starters

In order to place votes for MLB All-Star starters, there are two main modes of casting ballots.

The first is to go the All-Star ballot, where fans will be able to cast their votes. The other option is to vote in the MLB App.

The Phase 2 vote, in which the top vote-getters from Phase 1 are pitted against each other for the starting role, begins June 26. Starters will be announced June 29, after the second phase of voting closes.

Here are the main dates to know with regards to the selection process.

  • Phase 1 fan voting begins: Wednesday, May 31
  • Phase 1 fan voting ends: Thursday, June 22
  • Phase 2 fan voting begins: Monday, June 26
  • Phase 2 fan voting ends: Thursday, June 29
  • All-Star Starters Reveal Show: Thursday, July 29
  • 2023 MLB All-Star Selection Show: Sunday, July 2
  • 2023 MLB All-Star Game: Tuesday, July 11

MLB All-Star roster rules

Pursuant to MLB rules, every team must have at least one representative at the All-Star Game.

The only exception is that if a player is unable to represent his team in the All-Star Game, if he is the only representative, he does not have to be replaced by a teammate.

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Kevin Skiver is a content producer at The Sporting News