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Granderson and Jeter among all-star voting leaders

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 05, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

In the first all-star voting updates announced by Major League Baseball, Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter are in line to be American League starters, with Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira ranked second at their positions. Here’s the announcement from the league.

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp are Major League Baseball’s top overall vote-getters in the first balloting figures for the 83rd All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 10th at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The first balloting update, covering both the American and National Leagues, was revealed during a special All-Star Lead-Off event at the MLB Fan Cave, hosted by Major League Baseball and FOX Sports and attended by the 2011 N.L. All-Star Kemp, New York Yankees All-Stars Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson, and 2011 A.L. All-Star outfielder Matt Joyce of the Tampa Bay Rays. Weekly updates will be announced each Monday (A.L.) and Tuesday (N.L.) throughout June.

Hamilton, a four-time A.L. All-Star, has received 2,587,991 votes as he attempts to make his fifth consecutive fan-elected start. The last A.L. outfielder to start five straight Midsummer Classics was Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners, who started each All-Star Game from 2006-2010. In addition, Hamilton is bidding to become just the second Rangers player ever to start as many as five straight All-Star Games. Ivan Rodriguez was elected by the fans to start nine consecutive Midsummer Classics from 1993-2001. The 2010 A.L. MVP is joined in the outfield by Granderson (1,406,128) and his Rangers teammate Nelson Cruz (992,992). Granderson is aiming for his third All-Star appearance and his second consecutive fan-elected start, while Cruz seeks his second career All-Star selection and first fan-elected start. Toronto’s two-time A.L. All-Star Jose Bautista (930,814), who set the all-time single-season balloting mark in 2011 with 7,454,753 votes, is a close fourth among A.L. outfielders, followed by Adam Jones (857,543) of the Baltimore Orioles and David Murphy (652,379) of the Rangers.

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, a 12-time A.L. All-Star, has garnered 1,698,777 total votes, which ranks second overall in the A.L. behind Hamilton. Jeter, who has been elected by the fans in each of the last six seasons, leads 2010 A.L. All-Star Elvis Andrus (1,033,986) of the Rangers. The 2000 All-Star Game MVP is joined in the infield by two-time A.L. All-Star Ian Kinsler (1,447,171) of the Rangers, who ranks ahead of Cano (1,164,448), a three-time A.L. All-Star at second base; Kinsler’s teammate and two-time A.L. All-Star Adrian Beltre (1,179,864), who is trailed by six-time All-Star Miguel Cabrera (886,365) of the Detroit Tigers at third base; and three-time N.L. All-Star and 2011 Ted Williams All-Star Game MVP presented by Chevrolet Prince Fielder (1,027,070) of the Tigers, who is outpacing two-time All-Star Mark Teixeira (697,602) of the Yankees at first base.

At catcher, Rangers backstop Mike Napoli (1,224,565), in his bid for his first career All-Star appearance, leads Matt Wieters (713,469) of the Baltimore Orioles. Seven-time A.L. All-Star David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox has received 1,204,904 total votes at designated hitter, and has a slight lead over seven-time A.L. All-Star and 2006 Ted Williams All-Star Game MVP presented by Chevrolet Michael Young (1,049,170) of the Rangers.

In the National League, Kemp (1,952,910) leads all N.L. vote-getters and ranks second in the Majors, trailing only Hamilton. The 2011 N.L. All-Star is seeking his second consecutive fan-elected start and he is joined in the outfield by six-time All-Star Carlos Beltran (1,212,030) of the St. Louis Cardinals, who tops the N.L. with 15 home runs, and four-time All-Star Ryan Braun (1,112,971) of the Milwaukee Brewers, the N.L.’s leading vote-getter in 2011. Kemp’s Dodger teammate Andre Ethier, a two-time N.L. All-Star and fan-elected starter in 2010, ranks fourth among outfielders with 827,262 votes, followed by Melky Cabrera (714,642) of the San Francisco Giants, who is bidding for his first career Midsummer Classic appearance, and five-time All-Star Matt Holliday (667,544) of the Cardinals.

The N.L. infield is highlighted by two closely contested contests at shortstop and third base. Two-time N.L. All-Star Troy Tulowitzki (823,708) of the Colorado Rockies leads two-time All-Star shortstop Rafael Furcal (803,254) of the Cardinals in the tightest All-Star race in the Majors. New York Mets third baseman David Wright, a five-time N.L. All-Star, has earned 856,887 votes to hold a slight advantage over the 2011 NLCS and World Series MVP presented by Chevrolet David Freese (824,801) of the Cardinals, who is aiming for his first career All-Star selection. Seven-time N.L. All-Star Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves, in his 19th and final Major League season, is within striking distance in third place with 727,710 votes. Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (1,314,516) ranks second among all N.L. players with 1,314,516 votes tallied. The two-time N.L. All-Star is outpacing Lance Berkman (634,473) of the Cardinals in his attempt for his first fan-elected start. The 2010 N.L. MVP is joined on the right side of the infield by two-time All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla (872,136) of the Atlanta Braves, who leads two-time N.L. All-Star Brandon Phillips (586,835) of the Reds. Behind the plate, Yadier Molina (1,100,048) of the Cardinals, a three-time N.L. All-Star and two-time fan-elected starter, leads 2010 N.L. Rookie of the Year Buster Posey (1,072,464) of the Giants.

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43 Responses to “Granderson and Jeter among all-star voting leaders”

  1. Phranchise June 5th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    The Rangers fans out early and often as with every year

  2. blake June 5th, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    O’brein could start at Tampa being a college senior…..

  3. Hassey June 5th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    do grown people really still care about the ASG?

  4. blake June 5th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Yankees take Nate Mikolas, HS OF.

    1:38 227 on BA:

    The top high school hitting prospect in the Upper Midwest, Mikolas has proven his ability to produce with wood bats by playing in the prestigious East Cobb (Ga.) summer program and performing well at numerous showcases. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has a balanced lefthanded swing and quality bat speed that give him the potential to become a plus hitter with average power. His value is tied up in his bat, as his athleticism, speed, arm and defensive ability are all below-average. He has a chance to play left field but likely will wind up at first base. A Louisville recruit, he’s expected to sign if he goes in the first 10 rounds–and he could sneak into the first five.

    http://www.riveraveblues.com

  5. ac1 June 5th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Nate Mikolas? Another OF but looks like he could move to First Base….

    Some interesting guys so far….

  6. blake June 5th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    People saying good things about Mikolas

  7. Phranchise June 5th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Rumor has it Yankees are going to move Mikolas to catcher.

  8. ac1 June 5th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Rumor has it Yankees are going to move Mikolas to catcher.

    _______________

    Then trade him to the Mariners?

  9. AZ88 June 5th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Mets drafted a 5’5 SS from Hawaii

  10. Phranchise June 5th, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Oh well, Sox got the arm the Yankees should have taken before – Ty Buttrey.

  11. Phranchise June 5th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    How can you go wrong with two Tys in one draft !!!

  12. m June 5th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Looking forward to a leadoff HR by the Captain. :)

  13. m June 5th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Is that Kolton Wong for the Mets? If so, he’s a great all-around player. I thought he played 2B for UH, but maybe he had a better chance of going as a SS.

  14. Phranchise June 5th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Buttrey 6’5″ 205, can’t repeat delivery – I guess they are staying away from that type of description.

  15. Phranchise June 5th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Corey Black – Pick 157

    5’11″ 175lbs DOB: 08/04/91
    Black has a good fastball that has good movement and can get into the upper 90s. Black also has relatively good secondary stuff and dominated the NAIA. A lot is still unknown about the righty from a small school in Alabama, but he could end up being a steal in the Draft.

  16. LGY June 5th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Jerkface June 5th, 2012 at 1:08 pm
    Catchers that are all glove are a dime a dozen

    The new draft rules suck, to get any steals or deals in the later rounds you have to punt high where the soft cap gives you enough room to work under it to save money. Though I don’t know why players who get drafted high just don’t demand slot money, because the team has to either pay it or forfeit the money out of their pool.

    The idea being, for teams, draft a guy that will sign for less high, take the 500k or whatever you save and pay overslot later.

    ———

    It does theoretically hurt the Yankees (although they haven’t exactly broke the bank recently), but at least we will get a strong read on the scouting department.

    Drafting takes a lot more skill now. It will be interesting to see what this regime can do in a salary capped environment.

  17. blake June 5th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Buttery may not sign though…..slot money is cheap now so Boston may have just wasted a pick.

  18. Rich in NJ June 5th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I knew as soon as I read that the Mariners drafted a catcher that the Montero thing would rear it’s ugly, irrational head yet again.

  19. comet June 5th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Erin or Upstate Kate are you out there?

  20. GreenBeret7 June 5th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Jim Baumbach?@jimbaumbach

    Was Clemens getting B12 shot in his buttocks? Yes. “That’s what shocked me, to walk around the corner and see that,” Boddicker says

  21. Wave Your Hat June 5th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    “I knew as soon as I read that the Mariners drafted a catcher that the Montero thing would rear it’s ugly, irrational head yet again.”

    And we all knew you’d make some sort of comment like that, so we are all even.

  22. GreenBeret7 June 5th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    TomInGeorgia,

    You’ll enjoy this twist to the player rosters for the SALLY League all-Star Game. One additional player will be added to each team. Two Iraq/afghanistan vets will be added to the rosters and both could be used in the game. Neither have ever played pro or college ball.

    http://www.milb.com/news/artic.....8;sid=t233

  23. Wave Your Hat June 5th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    “Two Iraq/afghanistan vets will be added to the rosters and both could be used in the game. Neither have ever played pro or college ball.”

    Does this make any sense?

  24. Rich in NJ June 5th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    “And we all knew you’d make some sort of comment like that, so we are all even.”

    Don’t be so sensitive.

  25. GreenBeret7 June 5th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Named to SALLY League All-Star Game: 5 Riverdogs. Sanchez, austin, Pedro Guerra (relief pitcher), Bryan Mitchell and back-up catcher, Francisco Arcia. sanchez was the Player Of The Week, this past week.

  26. Wave Your Hat June 5th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    “Don’t be so sensitive.”

    Sensitive is my middle name.

  27. Jerkface June 5th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Sensitive is my middle name.

    Actually it’s Your.

  28. Wave Your Hat June 5th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    JF-

    I was born “Wave Your Sensitive Hat”, but I shortened it for everyday use.

  29. Jerkface June 5th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Should have hyphenated.

  30. Wave Your Hat June 5th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    “Should have hyphenated.”

    You’re right, the sensitivity comes from my mom’s side.

  31. blake June 5th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Apparently fheir 2nd rounder Aune already signed….thsts pretty cool.

  32. Rich in NJ June 5th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Many of these kids probably don’t need agents anymore.

  33. blake June 5th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Yankees take Robert Refsnyder, 2B from Arizona.

    3:00 369 on BA, but he played OF in college….

    Born in South Korea, Refsnyder went to Laguna Hills (Calif.) High, where he was teammates with Royals lefthander John Lamb. Refsnyder bats and throws righthanded and has a 6-foot, 200-pound frame. Scouts like his bat and think he could be an average hitter. He’s always hitting–he holds his high school record for the highest career batting average and is a career .341 hitter over his three years with the Wildcats. The problem scouts have is that Refsnyder just doesn’t profile as a corner outfielder in pro ball because he has a flat swing that’s geared more for doubles than home runs. He’s an average runner with an average arm, so scouts who like the bat are interested in getting Refsnyder to move back to second base, a position he played in high school.

    http://www.riveraveblues.com

  34. GreenBeret7 June 5th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Sweeny Murti?@YankeesWFAN

    David Robertson about to throw a bullpen at Yankee Stadium.

  35. Against All Odds June 5th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Good news

  36. LGY June 5th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    TUCSON – Although he’s a college baseball player, Robert Refsnyder rounded third base, and in his mom’s eyes he was 12 years old again.

    Sitting next to the home dugout at Hi Corbett Field last week, Jane Refsnyder swore she could see her little boy, his cheeks puffing and eyes wild, competing in his elementary school’s field day.

    “All of a sudden, he got this look on face — the same madman look,” she said.

    Robert slid head-first into home, giving the University of Arizona a 1-0 win over Arizona State.

    Robert will lead Arizona (38-17) into Friday night’s NCAA regional game against Missouri as the team’s steadying force. In 55 games, the junior right fielder is hitting .359 with a team-high six home runs and 57 RBIs. He was named to the Pac-12′s all-conference team Wednesday and is certain to be selected during next week’s baseball draft.

    Robert credits most of his success to the people he calls “the little white lady and my 6-foot-8-inch dad.”

    Clint and Jane Refsnyder adopted Robert and his older sister, Elizabeth, from South Korea as infants.

    Shortly after Robert arrived from Seoul as a 3-month-old, his parents were struck by his athleticism and competitiveness.

    As a competitor, he hated losing.

    “Even playing Candy Land as a kid, if he’d lose, the board would go flying. Then he’d come back for more,” Clint said.

    Arizona clinched a share of its first conference title since 1992 with an 8-7, walk-off win over ASU on Sunday.

    Robert snuck his parents onto the field for the celebration. While his teammates took turns kissing the Pac-12 championship trophy, the UA outfielder stood with “the little white lady and my 6-foot-8-inch dad.”

    “They’re the foundation of who I am, my parents,” he said.

    http://www.azcentral.com/sport.....z1wwpRpe4z

  37. LGY June 5th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Mickey Mantle’s on CPS closed today

  38. jacksquat June 5th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    MarcCarig “My goal is definitely to be there by the time I’m 21 years old… I think it’s realistic.” – Hensley on his big league timeline

    Good luck, kid. (not sarcasm)

    He’ll be 19 on 7/30 this year so he better get cracking.

  39. GreenBeret7 June 5th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    The Legendary Arm Of Daniel Bard has been sent to AAA. I assume that the arm is taking the body with him.

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    Cool article on Refsnyder. Thanks, LGY.

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