CLEVELAND, OHIO - APRIL 06: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive Field on April 06, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Carlos Santana voted All-Star Game starter at first base

Will make first All-Star Game appearance of his career

June 27, 2019 - 9:45 pm
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Progressive Field will see a familiar face in the starting lineup during the 2019 All-Star Game. Indians first baseman Carlos Santana was voted the American League starter at first base for next month's Midsummer Classic. It's Santana's first ever All-Star Game nomination. 

"I’m excited to represent Cleveland alongside the best in Major League Baseball," Santana said via the team. "To be able to start in my first career All-Star Game, and to do it at home in front of our fans, means everything to me."

Santana was opposed by fellow AL first baseman Luke Voit of the Yankees and C.J. Cron of the Twins in the election but crushed them in a lopsided race that saw the Domincan native recieive 49.2-percent of the vote. Voit earned 25.8-percent of the vote after winning the preliminary fan vote, as Cron finished with a fourth of the votes.

It's a fitting result for the Indians slugger, who returned to the Indians this past offseason as part of a three team trade between Cleveland, Seattle and Philadelphia -- where Santana signed the previous offseason. 

Upon returning to the ball club that he spent the first eight years of his career with, Santana has flourished batting .290 on the the season with 18 home runs. he also posted a .411 on base percentage, a .541 slugging percentage and an OPS of .951. As the Indians struggled offensively out of the gate this year, Santana was the lone bright spot in the lineup for several months. 

The 10-year veteran will be the first Cleveland Indians' first baseman to start an All-Star Game since Jim Thome was voted a starter in the 1999.. Meanwhile, this marks the three consecutive season that an Indians' player will start an All-Star game after Jose Ramirez started at the hot corner in 2017 and 2018. 

In franchise history, four other Indians have been elected to an All-Star game played in Cleveland including outfielder David Justice in 1997, first baseman Al Rosen and second baseman Bobby Avila in 1954 and outfielder Joe Vosmik in 1935.

The MLB announced the full starting lineups for both the AL and NL on Thursday. Along with Santana in the American league it'll be the Yankees Gary Sanchez and D.J. LeMahieu catching and playing second, the Twins' Jorge Polanco will be at short, with Houston's Alex Bregman rounding out the infield at third. The outfield consists of the Angels' Mike Trout and two more Astros in George Springer and former Indian Michael Brantley. The Rangers' Hunter Pence will DH. 

In the National League, Willson Contreras and Javier Biaz will represent the Cubs at catcher and shortstop respectively, Atlanta's Freddie Freeman will start at first, Arizona's Ketel Marte is at second with Colorado's Nolan Arenado at the hot corner. Their outfield consists of MVP candidates Cody Bellinger (Los Angeles) and Christian Yelich (Milwaukee), along with Atlanta's young phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. making his first All-Star game appearance.