Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Reds All-Star voting update

Joey Votto continues to pace all National League first basemen in fan voting for the 83rd Annual MLB All-Star Game. The league released an updated leaderboard on Monday in which revealed Votto holding a monumental lead at 1B over the next top vote-getter.

Votto currently leads the majors in average, doubles, on-base percentage, walks, WAR, and OPS.

Here's the most up-to-date tally in voting among NL first basemen:

1) Joey Votto, Reds, 2,108,725.
2) Lance Berkman, Cardinals, 851,373.
3) Freddie Freeman, Braves, 828,759.
4) Brandon Belt, Giants, 563,708.
5) Bryan LaHair, Cubs, 514,809.

Teammate Brandon Phillips remains in second place behind Atlanta's Dan Uggla among NL second basemen. Here's a look at the leaders for that position:

1) Dan Uggla, Braves: 1,341,088
2) Brandon Phillips, Reds: 885,250
3) Omar Infante, Marlins: 737,715
4) Jose Altuve, Astros: 700,640
5) Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 642,184

The only other Red to appear among the leading vote getters at their position was Jay Bruce. He's received 655,098 votes up onto this point -- good for only 14th place among NL outfielders.

LA's Matt Kemp leads all outfielders, and all National League players for that matter, with nearly 2.6 million votes received.

Fans have no say in the makeup of either league's pitching staff in the Midsummer Classic, however, it's pretty safe to assume that the Redlegs will have at least two pitching representatives as well in SP Johnny Cueto and LHP Aroldis Chapman.

Here's a link to the official ballot.

The 2012 rosters will be unveiled July 1 on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell, televised nationally on TBS. The AL All-Star team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the NL squad will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads -- totaling 25 for the NL and 24 for the AL -- will be determined through a combination of Player Ballot choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers -- AL skipper Ron Washington of the Rangers and NL manager Tony La Russa -- in conjunction with MLB.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. Pregame ceremonies will begin at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

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