DETROIT -- After three years of Miguel Cabrera struggling for All-Star recognition among all the big names at first base, he's now back on the ballot at third for the first time since 2007 with the Marlins.
The Tigers' infield shift undertaken with Prince Fielder's arrival is reflected in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game ballot unveiled on Thursday. While Fielder will compete among the likes of Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Teixeira, Justin Morneau and now Albert Pujols at first base, Cabrera is out of that logjam. He joins Evan Longoria, Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Beltre and Kevin Youkilis among the candidates at the hot corner.
Alex Avila is back at catcher, trying to duplicate his All-Star nod from voters last year. Ryan Raburn is the Tigers' All-Star candidate at second base, while Austin Jackson, Brennan Boesch and Delmon Young are on the ballot in the outfield. Andy Dirks is the Tigers' candidate at designated hitter.
Fans will get their first chance to vote for their choices -- including Cabrera's attempt at his first-ever All-Star voting nod -- when balloting begins online at MLB.com and tigers.com on Friday. In-person balloting at Comerica Park begins with the Tigers' next homestand, which begins April 30. The All-Star Game is slated for July 10 at Kauffmann Stadium in Kansas City.