Andrew Benintendi needs your help.
The Boston Red Sox outfielder with many local ties to the area is currently one of five American League “Final Vote” candidates for the 2018 All-Star Game that will take place on July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington. The 24-year-old was selected for the possible chance at a final spot on the AL team with first half of the season numbers that include a .296 batting average to go with 14 homeruns and 55 RBIs.
The four other contenders include New York Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton, Minnesota Twins’ Eddie Rosario, Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons and Seattle Mariners’ Jean Segura.
The way the 2018 Camping World “Final Vote” works is a balloting program that determines the final All-Star Game player in each League. Five players from each League were nominated by Major League Baseball.
For each League, you select one player for the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote. Voting ends Wednesday, at 4 p.m. EST. The vote can be made via the internet on MLB.com, Twitter or a text message by fans to elect the final player for each team.
Where does Benintendi stack up against the other four (as of July 9)?
*leader of each category in bold
-Benintendi .296 BA, 14 HR, 55 RBI, 23 2B, 5 3B, 66 R, 16 SB, 48 BB, 68 K, .380 OBP, .518 SLG, .898 OPS
-Stanton .272 BA, 22 HR, 52 RBI, 18 2B, 1 3B, 55 R, 2 SB, 34 BB, 122 K, .344 OBP, .520 SLG, .864 OPS
-Rosario .300 BA, 18 HR, 54 RBI, 23 2B, 2 3B, 58 R, 6 SB, 21 BB, 66K, .340 OBP, .531 SLG, .871 OPS
-Simmons .307 BA, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 16 2B, 2 3B, 42 R, 5 SB, 27 BB, 15 K, .369 OBP, .436 SLG, .805 OPS
-Segura .330 BA, 7 HR, 47 RBI, 24 2B, 2 3B, 61 R, 14 SB, 17 BB, 50 K, .358 OBP, .470 SLG, .827 OPS
As those numbers point out, Benintendi leads seven of the 12 categories, meaning one would think he’d get the logical vote. He’s got a passionate backing from not only in New England, but Cincinnati and Arkansas to go with the rest of Red Sox nation scattered over the country. His biggest competitor one would expect to be is Stanton, backed by a popular contingent of Yankees fans to go with the star power he carries on the mammoth home runs he produces. The Yankees also boast 3.4 million Twitter followers, more than one million ahead of any of the other clubs with a Final Vote candidate.
Benintendi, a Madeira product out of Cincinnati has a lot of Brown County roots. His mother, Jill Brookbank Benintendi, was recently inducted into the Ripley High School Hall of Fame. She scored 1,246 points for the Lady Jays basketball team in her high school career.
Benintendi’s father, Chris Benintendi, played third base for Georgetown High School while his sister and Andrew’s aunt, Kelly Beintendi, starred on the hardwood for the Lady G-Men, tallying 2,366 points in her high school career. Beintendi’s grandfather, Donald Brookbank, was a 1952 graduate of Higginsport High School and was a 2009 Hall of Fame inductee, participating in basketball, baseball and track. Donald Brookbank died recently on July 6.
The outfielder who holds the nickname “Benny Biceps” hasn’t skipped a beat since joining the Red Sox late in the 2016 season. He’s posted a .281 batting average to go with 36 home runs and 159 RBIs in 273 Major League games. He was the runner-up in the American League last season in Rookie of The Year Voting to the Yankees’ Aaron Judge.
Prior to his fast track to the Majors, Benintendi went to Arkansas for two seasons, winning the Golden Spikes Award in 2015 after putting up the most prolific season in Arkansas baseball history. Shortly after that, he was drafted by Boston in the 1st round, 7th overall in the 2015 MLB Draft.
He was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2013 out of high school in the 31st round, but decided to head to Fayetteville instead.
At Madeira, Benintendi recorded 213 career hits, good for second all-time in OHSAA history.
The winner of the Final Vote is expected for later Wednesday evening once all votes are tallied.