SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey's return to the Giants has inspired the Giants and their fans since Spring Training began. It'll be more of a feel-good story if Posey were to make the National League All-Star team. Posey has thrived since overcoming multiple left leg injuries that he sustained last May 25. He's handling most of the Giants' catching and providing helpful offense, mostly from the No. 4 spot in the batting order. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 8:59 p.m. PT.
Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league whom they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 5 p.m. PT on Monday, July 9. The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com. And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy. The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities. The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg. Besides Posey, the Giants appearing on the All-Star ballot include first baseman Brandon Belt, second baseman Freddy Sanchez, shortstop Brandon Crawford, third baseman Pablo Sandoval and outfielders Aubrey Huff, Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera. Sandoval made last year's All-Star team and is off to the kind of start that could earn him a return trip. Sanchez has made three All-Star teams, but none of San Francisco's other nominees has been named to participate in the Midsummer Classic. Balloting at AT&T Park begins May 2 and ends June 12.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.