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KBO to hold All-Star fan voting despite not playing midsummer game

Sports 15:25 July 28, 2020

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, July 28 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean baseball league said Tuesday it will hold fan voting to select All-Stars despite not organizing the annual midsummer festivities.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said voting to select 12 All-Star players per side will run from Aug. 10 to Sept. 4 on the league's website and mobile app, and also the mobile app for Shinhan Bank, the main sponsor for the KBO this season.

This image provided by the Korea Baseball Organization on March 9, 2020, shows the league's official emblem. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The All-Star Game had been scheduled for July 25 but was canceled for this year. The start of the regular season was pushed back by more than a month due to the coronavirus outbreak, and in an attempt to squeeze the usual 144 games into a tighter calendar, the league decided to scrap the All-Star Game.

But the KBO said it will still select All-Star players to keep fans engaged and give them a chance to show their support for their favorite players.

The All-Star teams are Dream Team, made up of players from the Doosan Bears, SK Wyverns, KT Wiz, Samsung Lions and Lotte Giants, and Nanum Team, with players from the Kiwoom Heroes, LG Twins, NC Dinos, Kia Tigers and Hanwha Eagles.

The 12 positions to be filled are: starting pitcher, middle reliever, closer, catcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, shortstop, left fielder, center fielder, right fielder and designated hitter.

The top vote-getters at each position will wear an All-Star patch on their uniforms from September.

The KBO will announce candidates on Aug. 3.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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