Brewers' Jesus Aguilar headed to All Star Game, Home Run Derby

    Milwaukee Brewers' Jesus Aguilar, left, celebrates with Lorenzo Cain (6) as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    (WLUK) -- It's official -- Brewers Jesus Aguilar is playing in this year's All Star game.

    Aguilar drew 20.2 million votes en route to securing his first Midsummer Classic selection. His vote total marked the second-highest total ever in a Final Vote, behind only Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers (20.8 million in 2017).

    The Brewers released his reaction in a press release.

    I want to give my sincerest thank you to every single fan that helped me become an All-Star. The support I received has been incredible. I feel like a winner, and I would not have been able to do it without my teammates, the front office and most importantly the fans. Thank you again.

    The players and uniformed staff adopted the “We Believe in Jesús” tagline last month, and the organization carried it forward with the voting campaign.

    It's the third time the Brewers have won the Final Vote. In 2003 and 2008, Brewers fans “shocked the world” by electing Geoff Jenkins and Corey Hart to the Final Man spot, ahead of players from markets as large as New York, San Francisco and Philadelphia, the team said in a press release.

    Aguilar wasn't named to the original all-star roster, even though he tied for the NL lead in home runs with 23 and leading the league with a .631 slugging percentage and 1.000 OPS.

    It was announced Wednesday night that Aguilar will also compete in this year's Home Run Derby.

    You can watch the All-Star Game live on FOX 11 Tuesday night. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.

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