While the fans decide who starts the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, players on all 30 teams have a say filling out the rest of the rosters.

The player vote is responsible for 16 spots in National League and 17 in the American (eight pitchers and a backup at each position, including designated hitter in the AL).

The league made it easier for players to cast their votes this year, switching to a digital voting system rather than paper ballots. Voting was also pushed back a bit, giving the players more of a sample size to judge on.

"It'd be nice if they put statistics with the ballots," Washington Nationals starter Patrick Corbin told USA TODAY Sports. "I had to look them up."

We surveyed a handful of players in recent weeks to see who they were casting their thoughts on the process and who they planned to cast their ballots for:

Freddie Freeman, Braves

"My favorite player is (Nationals third baseman) Anthony Rendon. He doesn't have an All-Star appearance yet, and that's shocking to me. So if I'm going to vote, I'm going to vote for Anthony Rendon because he deserves it.

"He does it every single year since he's been in the big leagues, all-around player, hits .300, 20-25 home runs, great defense. I think he deserves to be an All-Star." 

Sean Doolittle, Nationals

"I haven't looked yet. I'm going to have to do a little bit of research before I do because I think as players I think we have kind of a responsibility to get it right and maybe vote for the guy that might be most deserving.

"Sometimes the fan vote turns into a little bit of a popularity contest, and I've been lucky enough to go twice. I've only gotten to go because of the votes that the other players turned in. Relievers are at the mercy of the player vote and the coaches ... so I really don't know." 

Trey Mancini, Orioles

"James McCann (with the White Sox), he's had a really good year in Chicago. He's someone not a lot of people know a ton about. I played (against) him in the minors. He's a great hitter and does a really great job behind the plate. He's a great player and definitely deserves to be in the game this year."

Eric Hosmer, Padres

"(Mike) Moustakas obviously over in Milwaukee. He's done nothing but prove himself the last couple of years. He's gotten the short of the stick in free agency and with the All-Star Game." 

Patrick Corbin, Nationals

"I think the (fan voting) is silly. It hurts a lot of players that deserve to go. The players who had the best first half should be in the game."