Altuve getting support in All-Star voting

Altuve getting support in All-Star voting

HOUSTON -- Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has quickly become a fan favorite during his brief tenure in Houston, and his nationwide popularity was apparent when Major League Baseball released its first weekly All-Star Game Ballot update on Tuesday.

Altuve, the 5-foot-5 dynamo second baseman, was ranked fifth in the voting among National League second basemen with 472,292 votes. He trailed Atlanta's Dan Uggla (872,136), Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips (586,835), Florida's Omar Infante (512,049) and Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks (512,021).

"That's good," Altuve said. "I know I'm focused right now and going out and playing hard and doing everything for my team, but people tell me I'm fifth on that list with four more guys. That's pretty good to me, because they're superstars. I'd like to be on that list with them."

No other Astros players were among the leaders at their positions.

Altuve entered Monday ranked 10th in the NL with a .316 batting average, to go along with his three homers and 16 RBIs. His 23 multihit games are second in the NL behind San Francisco's Melky Cabrera.

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 11:59 p.m. ET.

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.

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.

Altuve, 21, began last season in Class A Lancaster and wound up in Houston by end of July. He batted .276 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 57 games for the Astros in 2012.

Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.