While shortstop Manny Machado might be the most likely Orioles representative for the 2018 All-Star Game at Nationals Park on July 17, he could be joined by a former Oriole now playing in the National League.
The Atlanta Braves’ Nick Markakis trails only the Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper in outfielder balloting with 494,206 votes. Harper has 498,189 votes, according to an update provided Monday afternoon by MLB.
Markakis, an Orioles first-round pick in 2003 who left after the 2014 season, has never played in All-Star game during his 13-year career. He played nine seasons for the Orioles, batting .290 with 141 home runs and 658 RBI. He also won two Gold Gloves for his play in right field.
He signed with the Braves as a free agent in 2015. The 34-year-old Markakis is batting .327 this season — a career high — and the Braves are 37-28 in the NL East, where they are tied with the Nationals (36-27) for first place in the division.
Two other Atlanta teammates poised to join Markakis as starters are first baseman Freddie Freeman, who has distanced himself from the Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo by more than 380,000 votes, and second baseman Ozzie Albies, who has a lead of more than 38,000 votes over the Cubs’ Javier Baez.
MLB is scheduled to release an American League update on Tuesday.
Fans can vote for starters at MLB.com and all 30 team websites using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday, July 5, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Fans can also access the ballot on smartphones and tablets via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.