Rockies rookie Trevor Story among All-Star final vote list
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) For Trevor Story, just making the All-Star game final vote ballot as a rookie is a remarkable victory, regardless of whether he suits up for the July 12 game at San Diego's Petco Park.
Yet making the team would be all the sweeter for the Colorado shortstop.
''I'm proud of it,'' Story said Tuesday. ''You grow up dreaming about maybe being an All-Star. I still have a chance. It's very humbling.''
The 23-year-old is among 10 players - five from each league - on the final vote list that fans can select from on MLB.com and via the individual team Web sites. One spot on each roster remains to be determined from the final vote, which runs through 4 p.m. EDT Friday.
Story became the first player to hit two home runs in his major league debut on opening day, a pair of drives off Arizona ace Zack Greinke no less. Story hit six homers in his first four games.
''It's been very enjoyable,'' Story said of his first half in the big leagues. ''The best time of my life so far. I've had so much fun every single day this season.''
Teammates and close friends Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado already are on the NL roster next week, and Story would love to join them.
He has an unofficial campaign manager, too.
''We're talking about a kid who's had one of the greatest first halves we've seen,'' Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. ''His numbers are certainly worthy.''
Story began Tuesday batting .264 with 19 home runs and 50 RBIs.
San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt also is on the NL list, joined by Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, Arizona's Jake Lamb and Starling Marte of Pittsburgh.
The AL list includes Ian Kinsler of Detroit, Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria, Boston's Dustin Pedroia, Michael Saunders of Toronto and Houston's George Springer.
''You never know what's going to happen,'' Story said of the vote. ''I'm too worried about playing baseball. ... I know I'm in good hands. We'll let them take a swing at it.''