Online fan balloting for starters to the Triple-A All-Star Game to be held July 11 in Coca-Cola Field will open May 25, it was jointly announced today by the Bisons, International League and Pacific Coast League.
Using online voting services of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, fans will be able to access the ballots at the official websites of Minor League Baseball (MiLB.com), the PCL (PCLBaseball.com), the IL (ILBaseball.com), and the websites of all 30 Triple-A teams. Balloting runs from May 25-June 22.
Fans can vote for players from both leagues. They can choose one player at each infield position, three outfielders, a designated hitter and four pitchers -- two starters and two relievers. Write-in votes will also be accepted. The ballot will be clickable to show updated statistics and position-by-position comparisons.
Fan balloting will account for one-third of the total vote along with ballots cast by members of the media and each club's field manager, coaches, and general manager.
Fans can register for a chance to win an MiLB prize pack when they cast their ballots online. The sweepstakes includes special MiLB prize packages and MiLB.TV subscriptions.
The first edition of Triple-A's midsummer classic was played here in 1988. The 25th annual game starts at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on MLB Network as well as MiLB.TV. The Triple-A Home Run Derby will also be held in Buffalo on July 9. Tickets remain on sale at Bisons.com and the Coca-Cola Field box office. The derby is $15, the game is $25 and a combo pack for both events is $35.