The Vote Orange campaign was a success. When everything was said and done, the Orioles had three players named as starters to the American League All-Star team this year. The players who led categories in the fan voting were Nelson Cruz at designated hitter, Matt Wieters at catcher, and Adam Jones in the outfield.
The Orioles are the only team in the American League with multiple fan-elected players. Wieters won't be playing in the game due to his injury, but the O's will still be represented by two players in the game, with Jones and Cruz both starting the game.
Jones' ascent to All-Star was a particularly impressive ascent thanks to a flurry of voting in the final days of the balloting. He edged both Yoenis Cespedes and Melky Cabrera, whom he trailed by about 90,000 votes with five days left to vote. Jones is having a sneakily good season. He's third among AL outfielders in Fangraphs Wins Above Replacement (WAR), so he's a deserving selection with his .310/.334/.504 batting line and capable, if not outstanding, defense.
Wieters is named a starter despite only playing in 26 games. He was awesome in those 26 games, batting .308/.339/.500. Salvador Perez of the Royals will be starting in place of Wieters, which is interesting because the second place in the fan voting was Derek Norris of Oakland.
Cruz has been a revelation. Following a 3-6 day on Sunday, he's batting .290/.356/.582. That's the sixth-best OPS in the AL heading into Sunday's games. His 27 home runs are tied with Jose Abreu for the lead in all of MLB.
It's the third All-Star selection for Cruz and Wieters, their first time elected as starters. For Jones, it's his fourth time being named to the All-Star team, coming in as a starter for the second straight year.