The MLB All-Star Game is approaching and the race for the players who will represent their leagues is quickly heating up.
The game will take place at Citi Field in Flushing, New York (home of the New York Mets).
As usual, the winning league gets to have home field advantage for whichever team is representing them at this year’s fall classic, the World Series.
The National League has a three-game winning streak against the American League, which may have helped the San Francisco Giants win two World Series’ and the St. Louis Cardinals one World Series.
New York Mets 3rd Baseman David Wright has been named the NL team captain, but is in second place in votes among third basemen. San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is currently leading in votes.
Let’s break it down and go position by position and see who are the leaders in votes starting with the National League.
Reigning MVP and San Francisco Giants’ catcher Buster Posey leads among NL catchers. He is hitting .297 with 8 HRs and 35 RBIs which is outstanding numbers for a catcher. St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina is in second place while New York Mets’ catcher John Buck is in third place.
Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto is the current leader among NL first basemen a little over 1.5 million votes. Votto is hitting .328 with 11 HRs and 31 RBIs so far in the season. Arizona Diamondbacks’ first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is in second place and San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt is in third.
Another Reds player is vote’s leader in Brandon Phillips. Phillips is hitting .292 with 10 HRs and a whopping 53 RBIs. Giants’ (yes, another Giant) Marco Scutaro is in second place while Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter is in third.
As mentioned earlier, Giants’ Pablo Sandoval is winning the votes for NL third basemen with about 1.7 million votes. He is hitting .289 with 8 HRs 37 RBIs. Almost similar numbers to NL captain David Wright. Cardinals’ former World Series MVP David Freese is third place among third basemen.
Finally we have a non Giant, Cardinal or Red leading the votes. Colorado Rockies’ Troy Tulowitski is the vote leader. He’s posting an terrific .353 batting average with 16 HRs and 51 RBIs. Giants’ Brandon Crawford is in second place and Milwaukee Brewers’ rookie Jean Segura is sitting in third for now.
The three current leaders among outfielders are red hot Atlanta Braves OF Justin Upton, Washington Nationals’ 20-year-old sensation Bryce Harper and Cardinals’ veteran Carlos Beltran.
Minnesota Twins’ catcher Joe Mauer may be making his sixth trip to the mid-season classic as he’s the current vote leader among AL catchers. He is hitting a nice .330 with 6 HRs and 19 RBIs. Baltimore Orioles’ Matt Wieters is in second place while Indians’ Carlos Santana is in third.
The homerun leader [at 21 HRs] in all of MLB Orioles’ Chris Davis might be on his way to his first All-Star Game as he’s in first place. Detroit Tigers’ Prince Fielder is just right behind by only a few votes and Boston Red Sox C/1B is in third.
American League captain and Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is currently in the lead. Cano is hitting .277 with 15 HRs and 40 RBIs. Texas Ranger Ian Kinsler is in second and Red Sox captain Dustin Pedroia is in third.
Last year’s Triple Crown winner and reigning AL MVP Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera is first place. He continues to punish the baseball with his 18 HRs, 69 RBIs and superb .363 batting average. Oriole Manny Machadado is in second place but with about a million votes less than Cabrera. Ranger Adrian Beltre is in third place.
Ranger Elvis Andrus is in first place among shortstops as he hopes to make it to his third All-Star Game. Oriole J.J. Hardy is in second Tiger Johnny Peralta sits in third.
Still no sign of a Yankee as the top three AL Outfielder are Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, Oriole Adam Jones and Tiger Tori Hunter.
Seems that Giants, Reds, Cardinals, Orioles, Rangers and Tigers are the teams who will send the most players to the All-Star game in New York.
Reminder that pitcher are not voted in by fans but voted in by the coaching staff of the teams. The N.L. manager is Giants skipper Bruce Bochy and the A.L. manager is Tigers’ skipper Jim Leyland. Botch managers will manage their 3rd All-Star game.
Nothing against Joey Votto, but Paul Goldschmidt SHOULD be starting at 1B for the NL. Goldschmidt: .316 BA, .570 SLG, .960 OPS, 15 HR, 59 RBI, 6 SB. Votto: .323 BA, .512 SLG, .952 OPS, 11 HR, 31 RBI, 2 SB. (And we don’t even root for the D’Backs.)
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