New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge and Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. earned automatic starting spots in the 2022 MLB All-Star Game as the leading vote-getters in the first round of voting. The other finalists at each position, who were announced Thursday, will move on to a second round of voting.
Judge, 30, leads MLB with 29 home runs this season through 74 games, putting him on pace to challenge Roger Maris’ single-season franchise record of 61.
Acuña, 24, missed the beginning of the season while recovering from an ACL tear last season. Since returning to the Braves in late April, Acuña has seven homers and 18 RBIs in 43 games. His .828 OPS is a career-low.