An updated tally of voting for the 2011 All-Star Game was released Monday by MLB and there are a few Cincinnati Reds who continue to rank near the top at their respective positions.
As voting nears a close on Thursday it appears the first and second base starting nods for the NL will come down to the wire -- and two Reds players are right in the thick of things.
Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks overtook Brandon Phillips for the top spot at second base this past week, but yet Phillips still remains very much in striking distance as he trails Weeks by just 80,000. Reigning NL MVP Joey Votto also slipped one spot to third place in the voting tally this week behind the Brewers' Prince Fielder and the injured Albert Pujols of the Cardinals.
Holding his ground in sixth place among NL outfielders for the third consecutive week was Jay Bruce. His chances of a first-career All-Star Game start look grim at this point as he still remains nearly 800,000 votes shy of the third-place occupant, Matt Holliday.
Meanwhile, Redlegs veteran Scott Rolen slid back into fifth in voting at third base this week, however trails Placido Polanco by nearly two million votes for the position lead.
Here is a complete breakdown of the NL voting leaderboard as of June 26th:
2011 NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING
Brian McCann, Braves: 3,062,884
Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 2,271,887
Buster Posey, Giants: 1,849,984
Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers: 1,451,280
Carlos Ruiz, Phillies: 1,392,944
Albert Pujols, Cardinals: 3,358,432
Prince Fielder, Brewers: 2,903,584
Joey Votto, Reds: 2,832,857
Ryan Howard, Phillies: 1,881,711
Freddie Freeman, Braves: 702,911
Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 2,869,583
Brandon Phillips, Reds: 2,791,186
Chase Utley, Phillies: 2,406,965
Dan Uggla, Braves: 1,223,812
Freddy Sanchez, Giants: 1,184,145
Placido Polanco, Phillies: 3,261,718
Chipper Jones, Braves: 2,040,594
Pablo Sandoval, Giants: 1,584,671
David Wright, Mets: 1,497,778
Scott Rolen, Reds: 1,417,248
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 2,955,609
Jose Reyes, Mets: 2,710,777
Jimmy Rollins, Phillies: 1,724,166
Alex Gonzalez, Braves: 1,142,470
Yuniesky Betancourt, Brewers: 1,131,078
Ryan Braun, Brewers: 3,932,100
Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 3,208,183
Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 2,935,965
Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 2,743,927
Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 2,264,640
Jay Bruce, Reds: 2,119,267
Shane Victorino, Phillies: 1,742,128
Carlos Beltran, Mets: 1,639,362
Remember, you can cast your All-Star ballots all the way up until this Thursday, June 30th at 11:59 PM ET when at that time the official fan voting ends. Remember to vote now, vote often, and vote Reds! Let's give Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips the final push they need to give them both their first ever All-Star Game starts.
If you would like to see who I selected to represent the National League squad in this year's Midsummer classic you can view that blog entry here.