Cincinnati Reds: Derek Dietrich needs help to make the All-Star Game

CINCINNATI, OHIO - MAY 28: Derek Dietrich #22 of the Cincinnati Reds takes a curtain call after hitting a two run home run in the 7th inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on May 28, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - MAY 28: Derek Dietrich #22 of the Cincinnati Reds takes a curtain call after hitting a two run home run in the 7th inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on May 28, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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We all know that Derek Dietrich is making his case for a spot on the NL All-Star team. However, Cincinnati Reds fans will have to help him make the squad.

I think every Cincinnati Reds fan would agree that Derek Dietrich deserves a spot in the All-Star Game. Well, he’s going to need some extra help from Reds Country in order to make the trip to his hometown of Cleveland for the Midsummer Classic.

The MLB All-Star voting is a little different this season. Yesterday marked the first official day to cast your ballots for the players that you’d like to see in this year’s All-Star Game. Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio will host this year’s festivities with the game taking place on Tuesday, July 9th.

This year, Major League Baseball started a new process for selecting players to be part of the All-Star Game. A Primary and Starter election process will help determine who goes to this year’s Midsummer Classic.

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The Primary voting wraps up on June 21st and the Starters Election, which will include the top 3 vote getters at every position, will take place during a 28-hour period from June 26th-27th. The full rosters will be announced on June 30th.

Now, in order for our new favorite player, Derek Dietrich, to make the All-Star Game, you’re going to have to make a little extra effort. Because Dietrich is not listed as a starter for this year’s Cincinnati Reds’ team, he’ll have to be a write-in candidate.

Jose Peraza is listed as the Reds’ starter at second base. While we all love José Peraza, no fan in their right mind would submit the idea that he’s having a better season than Derek Dietrich. So, head over to MLB.com/all-star/ballot  and write in Dietrich’s name.

While Eugenio Suárez and Luis Castillo are also very deserving a spot on the National League All-Star team, nobody on this Reds’ squad deserves a spot more than Derek Dietrich. Dietrich leads the team in home runs (17), on-base percentage (.364), slugging percentage (.720), and OPS (1.085).

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If Derek Dietrich is going to represent the Cincinnati Reds at the 90th annual MLB All-Star Game, he’s going to need a lot of help from Reds Country. Cast your ballot early and often for the Ohio native and help him reach his first All-Star Game in unique fashion.