Major League Baseball has again released the current count of votes for the All-Star Game, and not a whole lot has changed since last week. Joey Votto is still running away with the start at first; in fact, he’s extended his lead. He’s now got 2.5 times as many votes and the second-place vote getter Lance Berkman of the Cardinals.
Frankly, that kind of sucks. Joey Votto was the best National League first baseman before and couldn’t get voted in. Now suddenly there’s a vacuum of NL 1Bers and the field is so thin the second place guy isn’t even actively playing. Votto deserves to have beaten real competition for this honor. I hope he has 10 times the number of votes of second place when this is all done.
Brandon Phillips remains in second place behind Dan Uggla of the Braves, and he’s lost a little bit of ground in that titanic struggle. Jay Bruce has lost quite a bit of ground in the outfielder contest, dropping from ninth to fourteenth.
A bright spot in the position changes this time around: Buster Posey of the Giants has overtaken that punk Yadier Molina of the Cardinals. If you haven’t cast your votes yet, why not consider Posey? Sure, it’s ideal to vote for a Red, but I think I might make an exception in this case. Surely Ryan Hanigan will understand.
You can vote up to 25 times per email address by going to the MLB website.
Tallies as of June 12, 2012:
- Joey Votto, Reds: 2,108,725
- Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 851,373
- Freddie Freeman, Braves: 828,759
- Brandon Belt, Giants: 563,708
- Bryan LaHair, Cubs: 514,809
- Dan Uggla, Braves: 1,341,088
- Brandon Phillips, Reds: 885,250
- Omar Infante, Marlins: 737,715
- Jose Altuve, Astros: 700,640
- Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 642,184
- Buster Posey, Giants: 1,713,839
- Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 1,576,199
- Carlos Ruiz, Phillies: 1,191,194
- Brian McCann, Braves: 1,012,743
- Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers: 588,710
- Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 2,589,464
- Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: 1,782,831
- Ryan Braun, Brewers: 1,553,356
- Melky Cabrera, Giants: 1,357,461
- Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 1,142,312
- Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 951,652
- Hunter Pence, Phillies: 861,555
- Michael Bourn, Braves: 768,049
- Shane Victorino, Phillies: 733,310
- Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: 728,903
- Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: 728,522
- Angel Pagan, Giants: 722,820
- Jason Heyward, Braves: 717,121
- Jay Bruce, Reds: 655,098
- Martin Prado, Braves: 560,943
To see the tallies for the other positions, you can go to this story on MLB.com and scroll all the way to the bottom.