Brandon Belt describes motivation for earning All-Star nod, winning final vote

SAN FRANCISCO–Thirty one players have already been selected to the National League All-Star team.

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is hoping to become the 32nd.

For the second time in three years, Belt is among five players eligible for the last roster spot for the NL All-Star team as he’s on the final ballot.

Belt is up against Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals, Jesús Aguilar of the Brewers, Max Muncy of the Dodgers and Trea Turner of the Nationals for the last spot in a competition he admits is stressful. Fans can vote for any of the five players through 1 p.m. Wednesday, and while Belt is hoping for his second career All-Star nod, he knows his competition is stiff.

“It was a little stressful but it’s fun, you’ve got to enjoy it,” Belt said. “I think everyone on the list is deserving of being an All-Star so whatever happens happens but it’s fun.”

The Giants leader in home runs, RBIs and OPS earned a trip to the All-Star Game in 2016 after winning the final vote, so he’s familiar with the process and appreciative of the role fans have played in helping him garner recognition for his on-field efforts.

Belt said going through the process once before has eased the stress this time around, but he’d still like to join Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford at

Article source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/07/09/brandon-belt-describes-motivation-for-earning-all-star-nod-winning-final-vote/

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