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Are the Yankees early all-star results sustainable?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 02, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When the first round of American League all-star voting results were released yesterday, the Yankees were an overwhelming majority. Right now, the Yankees are on pace to have six position players starting in the all-star game. Is that pace sustainable?

1. Russell Martin, 843,459
2. Joe Mauer, 593,949
3. Alex Avila, 407,463

Hard to beat Mauer in a national popularity contest, but he’s on the disabled and just now getting ready to catch in extended spring training. That might open the window for Martin to keep building on his early lead. He’s playing well enough to earn an all-star nod, and the Yankees fan base could legitimately push him into the starting lineup.

First base
1. Mark Teixeira, 827,247
2. Adrian Gonzalez, 685,262
3. Miguel Cabrera, 657,594

The Yankees have played more home games than any other team in baseball, which is certainly an advantage in these early results, but they’ve played only one more home game than the Red Sox. That’s a pretty small advantage for Teixeira over Gonzalez, but the vote difference is fairly significant. Cabrera’s popularity might have taken a hit because of his off-the-field troubles, and Teixeira’s recent hot streak certainly hasn’t hurt his chances.

Second base
1. Robinson Cano, 1,185,952
2. Dustin Pedroia, 586,361
3. Ian Kinsler, 502,012

This is the biggest individual lead in the American League. Coming off his MVP season, Cano has a commanding lead over Pedroia and he’s already more than doubled Kinsler. Pretty easy to envision this becoming a two-man race between two rival teams, and right now Cano has a huge head start.

Third base
1. Alex Rodriguez, 945,127
2. Adrian Beltre, 755,551
3. Evan Longoria, 588,463

Beltre has more home runs and more RBI, but Rodriguez has a better slash line. Longoria hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire since coming back from an early injury, and the fact a dozen people come to every Rays game probably hurts his chances significantly. Right now, the only other third baseman remotely in the race is Kevin Youkilis,who has 491,422 votes. No one else has as many as 200,000.

1. Derek Jeter, 931,410
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, 672,105
3. Elvis Andrus, 560,309

Cabrera probably deserves the top spot here, but truth is, a lot of American League shortstops are having nice seasons. Jhonny Peralta and Alexi Ramirez have each topped 30 RBI, Erick Aybar is hitting better than .300 and Yunel Escobar has more walks than strikeouts with solid power numbers in Toronto. But it’s hard to top Jeter’s popularity in this game. Whatever his numbers, the Yankees captain will remain the favorite for this spot.

1. Jose Bautista, 1,261,659
2. Curtis Granderson, 994,315
3. Josh Hamilton, 748,240
4. Ichiro Suzuki, 674,406
5. Nelson Cruz, 514,006
6. Jacoby Ellsbury, 494,721
7. Nick Swisher, 465,984
8. Grady Sizemore, 457,185

This is everyone with more than 450,000 votes. The next three on the list would be Carl Crawford, Jeff Francoeur and Brett Gardner. Hard to imagine Bautista not winning one of the three spots — and maybe keeping his overall lead — and it seems the voters have recognized that Granderson is having a career year. Hard to imagine Swisher or Gardner jumping into the top three at this point, but Granderson is in a pretty good spot thus far. He’s played well enough to deserve a starting spot, and so far he’s being rewarded.

Designated hitter
1. Michael Young, 646,979
2. David Ortiz, 618,609
3. Jorge Posada, 414,733

Young is pretty iconic within that Rangers franchise, and that fan base is supporting him through a really nice start to the season. Boston, of course, is also going to get involved in support of Ortiz. Travis Hafner is currently fourth, and he’s been outstanding, but my guess is that Dallas and Boston give the other two a significant advantage. Hard to imagine Yankees fans making a push for Posada at this point.

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