Nick Castellanos, Jesse Winker finalists for All-Star Game starters

It’s a complicated All-Star Game voting process this season with two separate phases and different voting windows, but here is the quick summary: 

Cincinnati Reds outfielders Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker were named two of the nine finalists among National League outfielders on Sunday. Vote totals were reset to zero, and the next round of voting between Monday and Thursday will determine the All-Star Game starters.  

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Castellanos and Winker are considered locks for the All-Star Game. The only suspense is whether they will be starters. They’ve both played at MVP-caliber levels this season, ranking among the league leaders in most major statistical categories.

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Nick Castellanos (2) signs autographs before the MLB baseball game between Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Thursday, June 24, 2021.

It would be the first All-Star Game selection for both players. The Midsummer Classic will be played on July 13 at Colorado's Coors Field. 

“I’m not really shocked to see the amount of support that the Reds fanbase is showing because it stretches all over the country,” Winker said earlier this month. “It’s very cool. I hope I can make everybody proud because this is mind-boggling.

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