PITTSBURGH -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was pleased to see his first baseman Paul Goldschmidt leading the National League at his position in the All-Star Game vote totals that were released Tuesday.
"I think beyond the outpouring of support that he's received from our fans, that the people that have had the opportunity to watch him around the league, whether it's on TV or they've been down to the ballpark, they understand who Paul Goldschmidt is," Gibson said. "And he's an easy pick. It's not taking anything away from any other guy in the league, but we know because we're with him every day that he's special. And when you say All-Star, you would think Paul Goldschmidt and it looks like he'll be rewarded and start that game."
Goldschmidt hates to talk about himself and prefers the focus to be on his teammates rather than himself. That could be one of the reasons Gibson has been so vocal in his support of Goldschmidt when it comes to the All-Star Game voting or last year's Most Valuable Player Award voting.
"It's an honor to be involved with a guy like that for you guys, as well as everybody he touches," Gibson said. "Everybody doesn't just do that. He feels such an obligation to everybody else and is really so cautious about himself. He really thinks about everybody else before he almost thinks about himself. I mean he holds onto everything he gets from every person and applies it. So he knows it's his obligation to spread that on and try to make a difference with everything he's involved with."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the 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 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, 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 SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.