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NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:44 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 3:49 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


Major League Baseball has issued a press release with the first All-Star balloting update of the season, and the NL starting lineup would include three Cardinals if the voting ended right now. The leaders by position (including three outfielders, of course): Albert Pujols, Brandon Phillips, Placido Polanco, Troy Tulowitzki, Buster Posey, Ryan Braun, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman. (Full ballot update at MLB.com)

A few things immediately jump out:

- Jose Reyes is the most qualified candidate at shortstop, despite Tulowitzki's hot start. Reyes leads the NL in hits, doubles, triples and stolen bases and is hitting .335 with an .876 OPS. He doesn't even have half the votes Tulo does. Oh, and Jimmy Rollins (.265 with a .698 OPS) is second. At least Reyes is in third, but it's odd to see a player in New York so under-represented in the voting.

- The starter at first base has gotta be Joey Votto over Pujols. It's not even close this season. Votto is second, trailing by about 182,000 votes. Prince Fielder (third) and Ryan Howard (fourth) should also be ahead of Pujols. Remember, it's for the 2011 season.

- Speaking of which, Chase Utley is third in voting at second base.

- Dodgers outfielders Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp have very strong cases in the outfield, and they check in at spots four and five in the voting, respectively. Still, who are you going to bump between Braun, Holliday and Berkman? Maybe we can petition to move Braun to third base in order to maximize the offense?

- The biggest snub appears to be Jay Bruce. The young Reds' slugger was been an absolute man-child in May and leads the NL in home runs, RBI and total bases. He's 12th place in votes for outfielders. Looks like Reds fans need to get over to MLB.com and support their team. Phillips leads at second because there aren't many good candidates, but Votto and Bruce should be starting and aren't yet in that position.

- Obviously, Posey can't start because of his season-ending injury and NL manager Bruce Bochy will name a replacement if Posey wins the voting. So the catcher voting -- at least as long as he's at the top -- is irrelevant.

Voting continues on MLB.com through June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET. There will be an update on AL voting Wednesday.

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Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:12 pm
 

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

I just can't wait to see the AL votes. I bet Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada will be top vote getters. If either of them make it, MLB should take voting rights away from the fans for sure. They should rename the Allstar game Red Sox/Yankees vs. Cardinals/Phillies game.


older_but_wiser
Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:10 pm
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Since: Apr 11, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:08 pm
 

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

It's great that fans get a say so on who goes to the All Star game.  Can someone please tell me what percentage of the fan vote counts???




Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2011 5:16 pm
 

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

Amen to that statement. If you were to put a guy retired on the ballot, they would vote for him if he had a recognizable name. Vote for who belongs, not for your favorite unless they are tied. I hate most fans.


older_but_wiser
Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 5:07 pm
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Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:51 pm
 

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

reyes is easily the best ss in baseball but this isnt the all-star game.. oh wait



Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:48 pm
 

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

It's the All-STAR game, not the All-Who's-Having-A-Good-2-Months game.  It's the fans chance to see a game with the players THEY want to see.  The only thing wrong with it is that Bud Selig made it so that the winning league gets home field advantage in the World Series.


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