CLEVELAND: When the early voting results for last year’s All-Star Game were released around this time a year ago, finding representatives from the Indians within the leaders at each position was a difficult task. That isn’t the case in 2017.



Major League Baseball released the first update for fan voting in this year’s All-Star Game on Wednesday, and the Indians are well represented, currently boasting a player within the top-5 in each position (only position players are listed, no pitchers).



Francisco Lindor has a substantial lead among American League shortstops with 602,238 votes. He leads by roughly 350,000 votes over Houston’s Carlos Correa, who beat Lindor for Rookie of the Year in 2015. Lindor entered Wednesday night’s game hitting .276 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI.



Edwin Encarnacion (second, designated hitter), Jason Kipnis (third, second basemen), Carlos Santana (third, first basemen), Jose Ramirez (third, third basemen), Michael Brantley (fourth, outfielders), Yan Gomes (fifth, catchers), Lonnie Chisenhall (eighth, outfielders) and Abraham Almonte (ninth, outfielders) are all represented.



It’s a stark contrast to the voting results last year regarding the Indians.



“We all definitely appreciate it, what the fans are doing for us, trying to get us out there,” Lindor said. “It’s definitely cool. We all appreciate it. We don’t take it for granted. We’ve seen it this year, the fans have come out and supported us day in and day out whether it’s at home but also on the road. There has been a group of Indians fans everywhere  we go and that’s always special, as well as the fans from every one of our countries—fans from Puerto Rico, the Dominican, here in the States. It’s representing everybody. It’s special and we definitely thank them.”



Lindor is very likely headed to Miami as an All-Star starter, as long as he continues to warrant votes at that rate. He’s hoping to have some company.



“Hopefully a group of us can get a private plane and go over there,” he said. “We can’t get ahead of ourselves. We have to continue to play the game the right way. We’re focusing on winning. That’s what it’s all about.”



The high voting turnout is likely, for the most part, powered by Indians fans turning out in greater numbers this season. It’s also likely in some way tied to the national exposure the Indians received last year during their run to the World Series. At that time, they had to shed their “up-and-coming” label into a real contender.



“We set out to win every day. That's our No. 1 priority,” Indians manager Terry Francona, who will be managing the American League in the 2017 All-Star Game, said. “But, I'm happy and I'm proud of, whether it's our fans, which I'm sure are doing some of the damage, and maybe because we played [in the World Series], so people watched our guys and realized they are really good players. But, I'm really happy about that and I hope that trend continues. The one thing that I never want to get lost for one second is, I get the honor of managing the All-Star Game. The reason I get the honor is because of our players. I didn't do anything. I didn't hit. I didn't pitch. They did all this, and I'm going. So, I hope we can take about 10 guys.”