Latest AL and NL Vote Totals: 2011 MLB All-Star Game

Thursday, June 23, 2011

 

 

 

MLB reports:  With the MLB All-Star Game less than three weeks, the race to finalize the lineups is starting to tighten up.  The majority of the starters have fairly significant leads and will be in Arizona, barring injury or declining the invitation.  However, some of the races have started to tighten up, with the positions up for grabs until the final votes are in.  Let’s take a look at the current leading vote getters per league and position:

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR (as of June 21)

CATCHER
Russell Martin - Yankees: 2,226,797
Alex Avila - Tigers: 1,730,511
Joe Mauer - Twins: 1,341,474
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - Red Sox: 1,135,617
Yorvit Torrealba - Rangers: 980,697

Verdict:  Martin is in unless Avila gets a huge spike in votes at the end.  While many are pushing for Avila to get the nod, Martin has the numbers and the fan base to likely win out.

 

FIRST BASE
Adrian Gonzalez - Red Sox: 3,017,960
Mark Teixeira - Yankees: 2,407,665
Miguel Cabrera - Tigers: 1,771,893
Mitch Moreland - Rangers: 890,468
Paul Konerko - White Sox: 676,194

Verdict:  A-Gonz will be starting in Arizona.  Take it to the bank.  He has been one of the best players in the AL this season and plays in Boston.  The fans will continue to vote for him until he is announced as the winner.

 

SECOND BASE
Robinson Cano - Yankees: 3,664,498
Dustin Pedroia - Red Sox: 2,239,172
Ian Kinsler - Rangers: 1,452,880
Orlando Cabrera - Indians: 910,941
Ben Zobrist - Rays: 828,771

Verdict:  Cano continues to lead the pack by a country mile.  His season totals justify his position.

 

THIRD BASE
Alex Rodriguez - Yankees: 2,876,537
Adrian Beltre - Rangers: 2,307,380
Kevin Youkilis - Red Sox: 2,025,438
Evan Longoria - Rays: 1,639,405
Brandon Inge - Tigers: 490,734

Verdict:  A-Rod is still A-Rod.  Beltre is getting closer though and could make this one interesting.

 

SHORTSTOP
Derek Jeter - Yankees: 2,654,040
Asdrubal Cabrera - Indians: 2,242,157
Elvis Andrus - Rangers: 1,513,929
Jhonny Peralta - Tigers: 875,371
Marco Scutaro - Red Sox: 813,888

Verdict:  Jeter, the New York Yankees captain, continues to lead the way.  However, an injury and poor play this season have led Cabrera to get closer in the voting.  If Cabrera has a few more strong games, there is a chance he could be in Arizona as the starter.  Either way, expect Cabrera to represent the Indians at the All-Star game. 

 

DESIGNATED HITTER
David Ortiz - Red Sox: 3,116,578
Michael Young - Rangers: 1,760,195
Jorge Posada - Yankees: 1,120,830
Victor Martinez - Tigers: 932,711
Johnny Damon - Rays: 864,535

Verdict:  Papi picked a great year to have a strong campaign.  A free agent at year’s end, he is a worthy All-Star pick.

 

OUTFIELD
Jose Bautista - Blue Jays: 4,156,940
Curtis Granderson - Yankees: 3,473,227
Josh Hamilton - Rangers: 2,400,408
Jacoby Ellsbury - Red Sox: 2,249,323
Carl Crawford - Red Sox: 1,789,097
Ichiro Suzuki - Mariners: 1,537,101
Nelson Cruz - Rangers: 1,462,426
Nick Swisher - Yankees: 1,271,843
Brett Gardner - Yankees: 1,120,179
J.D. Drew - Red Sox: 1,112,720
Matt Joyce - Rays: 1,038,098
Jeff Francoeur - Royals: 906,983
Grady Sizemore - Indians: 867,281
David Murphy - Rangers: 785,630
Shin-Soo Choo - Indians: 764,817

Verdict:  Bautista and Granderson continue to lead the AL outfielders in voting and deservedly so.  Hamilton and Ellsbury are battling it out for the final spot in a competition of what have you done for me lately vs. last year’s statistics.  Depending on where you sit in the debate, the 2010 MVP Hamilton or the 2011 resurgent Ellsbury should be the third AL outfielder.  With Hamilton banged up and Ellsbury playing so well for a first place Boston squad, expect Ellsbury to win out.

 

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR (as of June 20)

CATCHER
Brian McCann - Braves: 2,301,252
Yadier Molina - Cardinals: 1,836,490
Buster Posey - Giants: 1,573,484
Jonathan Lucroy - Brewers: 1,098,507
Carlos Ruiz - Phillies: 1,095,081

Verdict:  McCann is the best catcher in baseball, not just the NL.  He has received the justified votes and will be starting for the NL squad.

 

FIRST BASE
Albert Pujols - Cardinals: 2,806,864
Joey Votto - Reds: 2,270,211
Prince Fielder - Brewers: 2,066,327
Ryan Howard - Phillies: 1,477,478
Freddie Freeman - Braves: 559,762

Verdict:  Pujols was the leader and remains so despite being placed on the shelf recently.  With Pujols out of the picture, Votto and Fielder will continue to duke it out for top spot.  The power and flash of Prince will likely rule over the steadiness of Votto.

 

SECOND BASE
Brandon Phillips - Reds: 2,286,378
Rickie Weeks - Brewers: 2,094,502
Chase Utley - Phillies: 1,827,194
Dan Uggla - Braves: 1,012,370
Freddy Sanchez - Giants: 987,606

Verdict:  Phillips and Weeks are neck-in-neck in one of the closest positional battles.  Based on Weeks recent play, my money is on him to get the starting role.

 

THIRD BASE
Placido Polanco - Phillies: 2,599,925
Chipper Jones - Braves: 1,558,895
Pablo Sandoval - Giants: 1,302,098
David Wright - Mets: 1,228,710
Scott Rolen - Reds: 1,102,626

Verdict:  Polanco of the NL leading Philadelphia Phillies appears to have this one locked up.  Without much in the way of competition, Polanco has been the best of the bunch according to the fans.

 

SHORTSTOP
Troy Tulowitzki - Rockies: 2,385,991
Jose Reyes - Mets: 1,972,820
Jimmy Rollins - Phillies: 1,354,896
Alex Gonzalez - Braves: 928,992
Yuniesky Betancourt - Brewers: 860,163

Verdict:  Reyes of the Mets is making a late charge but Tulo might have too big of a lead to overcome.  Expect this one to go to the wire as Reyes has been getting much of the press and attention in the past few days.

OUTFIELD
Ryan Braun - Brewers: 3,034,057
Lance Berkman - Cardinals: 2,562,428
Matt Holliday - Cardinals: 2,390,118
Matt Kemp - Dodgers: 2,062,667
Andre Ethier - Dodgers: 1,889,298
Jay Bruce - Reds: 1,681,613
Shane Victorino - Phillies: 1,357,115
Carlos Beltran - Mets: 1,261,308
Jason Heyward - Braves: 1,059,581
Raul Ibanez - Phillies: 982,046
Justin Upton - D-backs: 950,047
Carlos Gonzalez - Rockies: 944,666
Corey Hart - Brewers: 910,550
Martin Prado - Braves: 830,105
Alfonso Soriano - Cubs: 804,303

Verdict:  Braun has the top spot locked up with Berkman almost guaranteed a starting spot in Arizona as well.  The third outfield position will come down a battle between Matt Holliday, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.  Kemp is narrowing the margin but based on the vote numbers, St. Louis will likely have 2/3 of the starting All-Star outfield come July 12th. 

 

MLB reports will continue to keep you up-to-date as the voting for the MLB All-Star game comes to a close.  We will announce the starting lineups and rosters as they are made available and let you know on any injury replacements.  This year’s field will be a competitive one and we look forward to catching all the action in Arizona, as the American League and National League battle for home field advantage in the World Series.

 

 

 

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Posted on June 23, 2011, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. since they’re playing in a NL park, don’t they play by NL rules? if so, then why did they cast votes for a DH?

    • This will be the first year that there will be a DH in an All-Star game in a NL park. Too much pressure not to have AL pitchers hitting from the sounds of it.

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