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.