In the 2018 Camping World MLB Final Vote, Segura received 13,646,439 votes to secure his spot on the American League roster for the showcase at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C next week.
So how did he find out? On the team bus, of course.
That reaction and smile is as good as it gets.
Segura beat out Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario, Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons and New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton for the final AL spot. Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar won the final spot on the National League roster.
No, The Ballot Brothers didn’t quite get San Fransisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt over the hump. The other NL finalists included St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter, Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy, and Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner.
This will be Segura’s second MLB All-Star appearance after getting the nod in 2013 with the Brewers.
“To be honest, it surprised me,” the 28-year-old Segura told MLB of the support. “I feel really good. I feel proud the way my teammates have supported me along with the fans in Seattle, the media, the organization. It’s really good support.”
According to MLB, Seattle was the only Major League franchise to not have a Final Vote nominee until this year, and now the Mariners have won it on their first attempt.
The #SendSegura movement has officially became #SentSegura and now the Dominican Republic native joins Mariners teammates Nelson Cruz, Edwin Diaz, and Mitch Haniger for the Midsummer classic.
Segura, who plays second base and shortstop, is hitting .329 with seven home runs, 47 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases in 2018.