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Yankees still leading baseball’s biggest popularity contest

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 23, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

All-star voting continues for another week, until the end of next Thursday. So far, the Yankees are on pace for five players in the starting lineup.┬áMajor League Baseball will send one more voting update on Tuesday before the final results are announced on July 3. For now, here’s where the voting stands.

Catcher
Russell Martin, 2,226,797
Alex Avila, 1,730,511
Joe Mauer, 1,341,474

Avila has better offensive numbers than Martin, but I haven’t seen Avila day in and day out, so I can’t say whether he’s had the same impact as the Yankees new catcher. To me, Martin has felt like an all-star this season. Maybe that’s not the best way to pick the best players in the game, but it’s not a bad reason to vote for a guy. I’ve seen Martin a lot this year, and I wouldn’t have a problem voting for him.

First base
Adrian Gonzalez, 3,017,960
Mark Teixeira, 2,407,665
Miguel Cabrera, 1,771,893

Teixeira’s playing well enough to deserve a spot on the team. Gonzalez and Paul Konerko have been better first base options, but Teixeira’s right there in the mix. Teixeira is an obvious snub candidate because of his position (there are a lot of productive first basemen out there) and because of his team (if the Yankees really do get five players in the starting lineup, might be hard to get one on the bench).

Second base
Robinson Cano, 3,664,498
Dustin Pedroia, 2,239,172
Ian Kinsler, 1,452,880

Very quietly, Cano is beginning to approach last season’s level of production. He hasn’t been quite as good this year, but he’s been tremendous this month and he’s once again the best second baseman in the American League.

Third base
Alex Rodriguez, 2,876,537
Adrian Beltre, 2,307,380
Kevin Youkilis, 2,25,438

The choice should come down to Rodriguez or Youkilis. Those two have pretty similar numbers, but Rangers fans are keeping Beltre in the mix (he has the homers and RBI, but his slash line’s not in the same league as the other two).

Shortstop
Derek Jeter, 2,654,040
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2,242,157
Elvis Andrus, 1,513,929

Obviously Jeter hasn’t been the best shortstop in the American League, but at this position, he remains the most popular and recognizable option. Cabrera’s been a breakout player this season and will surely make the team, but Jhonny Peralta has also been outstanding, and so has J.J. Hardy when he’s been healthy.

Outfield
Jose Bautista, 4,156,940
Curtis Granderson, 3,473,227
Josh Hamilton, 2,400,408
Jacoby Ellsbury, 2,249,323
Carl Crawford, 1,789,097
Ichiro Suzuki, 1,537,101
Nelson Cruz, 1,462,426
Nick Swisher, 1,271,843
Brett Gardner, 1,120,179
J.D. Drew, 1,112,720

It’s been impossible to ignore Bautista for the past year and a half, and it seems the baseball world has noticed Granderson as well. Both are strong choices for the outfield. For now, Hamilton is getting in there on his popularity, but Ellsbury is having a nice season and could take that last spot in the last week of voting. Swisher and Gardner are in the top 10, but hard to imagine either one sneaking into the all-star game this time around.

Designated hitter
David Ortiz, 3,116,578
Michael Young, 1,760,195
Jorge Posada, 1,120,830

Young was the earlier leader at DH, but Ortiz has pulled ahead and pulled away. He’s certainly the most deserving choice. Young’s had a nice year, and so has Victor Martinez, Billy Butler and Travis Hafner, but Ortiz has earned the all-star spot. Posada, obviously, is not in the mix.

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