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Yankees consistently top five in all-star voting

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 14, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here are the latest American League all-star voting results, listing the top five at each position — top 15 in the outfield — with the individual vote totals. The Yankees are in the top five at every position, though only Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano seem to have legitimate chances of being in the starting lineup.

CATCHER
1. Mike Napoli Rangers – 1,640,160
2. Joe Mauer Twins – 912,997
3. Matt Wieters Orioles – 904,425
4. A.J. Pierzynski White Sox – 733,282
5. Russell Martin Yankees — 602,983
Pierzynski probably deserves this one, but Rangers fans are voting in bulk. Martin got to the all-star game last year, but it’s hard to imagine that happening this season.

FIRST BASE
1. Prince Fielder Tigers – 1,421,786
2. Paul Konerko White Sox – 1,147,089
3. Mark Teixeira Yankees – 991,075
4. Mitch Moreland Rangers – 852,091
5. Albert Pujols Angels – 707,779
Look at Pujols barely making the top five at this point! Fielder is having an all-star season, but Konerko is the real standout at first base. Teixeira won’t be going.

SECOND BASE
1. Ian Kinsler Rangers – 1,920,364
2. Robinson Cano Yankees – 1,732,359
3. Dustin Pedroia Red Sox — 1,037,522
4. Robert Andino Orioles – 402,083
5. Jason Kipnis Indians – 357,651
Kipnis deserves his spot in the top five – in fact, he should be higher — but the race is between Cano and Kinsler. It really should be Cano, who’s quietly putting together a slash line very similar to last season.

THIRD BASE
1. Adrian Beltre Rangers – 1,634,057
2. Miguel Cabrera Tigers – 1,313,063
3. Evan Longoria Rays – 1,061,901
4. Alex Rodriguez Yankees – 927,163
5. Mike Moustakas Royals — 548,936
Defense matters, but clearly this spot should belong to Cabrera who’s doing his usual thing at the plate. Beyond that, Rodriguez isn’t completely out of the conversation as a backup, but that probably won’t happen.

SHORTSTOP
1. Derek Jeter Yankees – 2,419,508
2. Elvis Andrus Rangers – 1,448,544
3. J.J. Hardy Orioles – 663,042
4. Asdrubal Cabrera Indians – 514,741
5. Alcides Escobar Royals – 493,947
Hardy has hit for more power and Andus is having a nice season, but Jeter’s been outstanding at the top of the order and it’s hard to imagine he won’t be recognized for that.

OUTFIELD
1. Josh Hamilton Rangers – 3,833,504
2. Curtis Granderson Yankees – 2,033,239
3. Nelson Cruz Rangers – 1,398,534
4. Jose Bautista Blue Jays – 1,357,784
5. Adam Jones Orioles – 1,318,091
6. David Murphy Rangers – 884,522
7. Nick Swisher Yankees – 862,648
8. Jeff Francoeur Royals – 654,999
9. Brett Gardner Yankees — 612,306
10. Ichiro Suzuki Mariners – 605,663
11. Austin Jackson Tigers – 545,032
12. Alex Gordon Royals – 520,156
13. B.J. Upton Rays – 504,914
14. Jacoby Ellsbury Red Sox – 503,912
15. Nick Markakis Orioles – 502,615
Hamilton is a no-brainer, but Cruz doesn’t really belong in the mix. Granderson, Bautista and Jones are each having better seasons. The guy who should be in the mix but isn’t is Josh Willingham.

DESIGNATED HITTER
1. David Ortiz Red Sox — 1,758,369
2. Michael Young Rangers – 1,396,802
3. Raul Ibañez Yankees – 752,884
4. Adam Dunn White Sox – 645,213
5. Billy Butler Royals – 617,368
Ortiz and Dunn are probably the best choices here. Young is a close second in the voting, but he hasn’t been nearly as good as he was last year.

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