A quick update of the National League all-star voting.
St. Louis Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina, the National League’s starting catcher in the 2009 Midsummer Classic, remains the leading vote-getter behind the plate in the N.L.’s latest balloting update for the 81st All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 13th at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Molina (9 2B, 29 RBI, 6 SB), who has led N.L. catchers in voting in each of the five balloting updates, is trying to become the senior circuit’s first catcher to start consecutive All-Star Games since Mike Piazza was elected in 2004 and 2005 while with the New York Mets. Molina, who has received 1,322,095 votes, continues to hold an advantage over veteran All-Stars Brian McCann (1,201,920) of the Atlanta Braves and Ivan Rodriguez (1,084,146) of the Washington Nationals.
Molina’s teammate Albert Pujols (.306, 15 HR, 50 RBI) remains the N.L.’s leading vote-getter with 2,622,123 total votes, slightly ahead of Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (2,409,027; .267, 11 HR, 33 RBI). Utley’s teammate Placido Polanco (.313, 14 2B, 25 RBI) remains the league’s top vote-getter at third base with 1,157,196 votes, but Mets slugger David Wright, who has started three of the previous four Midsummer Classics, continues to close the gap with 1,026,658 votes. Wright, who has collected 31 RBI in his last 32 games, is tied for second in the N.L. with 53 RBI this season. Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez (.286, 11 HR, 40 RBI) rounds out the N.L. infield with 1,501,056 votes in a bid for his third consecutive All-Star Game start.
The leading trio of N.L. outfielders has put some distance between themselves and the rest of the field. Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (1,816,052; .304, 10 HR, 45 RBI), seeking his third consecutive starting assignment, has led the N.L. outfield from the onset of balloting this year. Twenty-year-old Jason Heyward (.264, 11 HR, 44 RBI) of the Braves continues to raise the bar with 1,786,786 votes cast for him, representing the most ever by a rookie through the fifth balloting tally, exceeding the 1,734,905 votes for Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki after five updates in 2001. Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Andre Ethier (.318, 12 HR, 43 RBI) remains third with 1,723,266 votes. Phillies teammates Jayson Werth (1,345,798) and Shane Victorino (1,252,792) are the next closest among N.L. outfielders.