Cespedes looks to make All-Star splash for A's
Cuban sensation leads group of nine hopefuls for Classic
Cuban sensation Yoenis Cespedes, who hasn't shied away from displaying his tremendous power stroke in the early goings of the season, headlines a list of nine A's players on the 2012 All-Star ballot.The home run-friendly Cespedes is joined on the ballot by speedsters Jemile Weeks and Coco Crisp, along with right fielder Josh Reddick and catcher Kurt Suzuki. Also appearing on the list are first baseman Daric Barton, shortstop Cliff Pennington, third baseman Josh Donaldson and designated hitter Seth Smith. All will need a strong showing of votes from fans to be considered serious choices around the country. The A's haven't sent a position player to baseball's storied summer game since 2003, when catcher Ramon Hernandez was selected. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 8:59 p.m. PT. Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9. The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com. And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy. The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities. Fans can also place their vote at Oakland Coliseum, beginning May 8 and lasting through June 22. The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.