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Albert Pujols leads in the initial NL All-Star voting

May 31, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

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Major League Baseball just released the leaders of the early All-Star voting in the National League.  It’s too damn early to actually argue about this stuff, so let’s just list the results with the vote totals in parenthesis:

C: Buster Posey (785,314)
1B: Albert Pujols (988,784)
2B: Brandon Phillips (837,778)
3B: Placido Polanco (724,724)
SS: Troy Tulowitzki (975,777)
OF: Ryan Braun (971,809)
OF: Lance Berkman (872,434)
OF: Matt Holliday (927,778)

Yes, Brian McCann is in second place for the catcher’s vote. I presume he’ll be in first place before long. Unless there’s a rule change or something …

  1. drmonkeyarmy - May 31, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Good to see Polly getting some early play. He has been under rated for several organizations for awhile now.

    • Utley's Hair - May 31, 2011 at 3:23 PM

      Polly is quite underrated—though I think he’s getting a bump with a lack of Zimmerman.

    • halladaysbicepts - May 31, 2011 at 3:25 PM

      Yeah. He deserves to be the starting 3rd baseman. And his glove has been off the charts at third.

      I have always had a problem with fans voting for the allstars. My preference is how they did it before fan voting, where they left it up to the managers and players to decide who’s should go each year to the All Star game.

      It’s became too much of a popularity contest with the fans voting.

      • Jonny 5 - May 31, 2011 at 3:58 PM

        I agree on both counts. Utley not having an all star season in 2010 was still voted in. I kinda wish stat heads built the all star teams myself.

        I’m curious to see if Cole gets his due this season. He’s been bada$$. He’s been better than Lee and Oswalt, and crunching numbers even point to him being better than Doc. Now I will wait to be shredded by both sides of the stat argument.

      • Utley's Hair - May 31, 2011 at 4:04 PM

        I have no problem with the voting system—it is after all, an exhibition for the fans. What I have a problem with is how Bud Light decreed that the result would determine home-field advantage in the World Series, and yet kept the one player per team requirement.

      • bjavie - May 31, 2011 at 5:03 PM

        You wish stat heads built the all star teams?????

        We’d be stuck with a team based on WAR and it would suck. Stat heads today are too busy making up meaningless stats that aren’t really even stats. They’re opinions in a somewhat organized numerical fashion.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - May 31, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Look at that outfield. Oh my gosh, better have a somebody who throws a sinker on the mound.

  3. aceshigh11 - May 31, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Pujols isn’t having an All-Star caliber year so far, but he’s getting love based on past performance.

    Of course, Jeter will also undoubtedly be the starting shortstop for the American League, so that shows you how seriously to take such things.

    • Utley's Hair - May 31, 2011 at 3:59 PM

      I’m sure some of it is about the way he’s been treated in contract talks.

  4. spudchukar - May 31, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Yadier Molina .311 .356 .457 .813
    Brian McCann .304 .366 .464 .830

    Before you annoint McCann the starting All-Star role, you might consider that he has some serious competition. Plus, defensively Molina has no peer.

    • drmonkeyarmy - May 31, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      It’s an all-start vote….statistics are meaningless in these situations.

    • scatterbrian - May 31, 2011 at 3:41 PM

      The problem with the above numbers is that Molina has never hit this well, while McCann has always hit this well.

    • Jonny 5 - May 31, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      And the Braves would be in dire straights without Mcann. I don’t know how many times that boy has bailed their a$$e$ out of a loss. Mcann get’s much respect from this Philly fan.

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 31, 2011 at 4:06 PM

        Same here…much to my dismay, McCann kills the Phillies.

      • Utley's Hair - May 31, 2011 at 4:15 PM

        Uh-oh…people are going to b!tch that this is turning into a Phillies post!!!!!!!

        Quick, change the subject….um…uh…CAKE RULES!!!!!!!!!!

      • tsi4431 - May 31, 2011 at 7:39 PM

        Talk about embarrassment, Chase Utley in 3rd place with 561k votes. Come on he has played in what, 7 games with a .208 average. Grow up Philly fans. Same goes with Rollins.
        I will give you Polanco, I voted for him, and he is having another great year. But the other 2, come on.

      • Utley's Hair - May 31, 2011 at 8:01 PM

        Right…because Phightins Phans are the only ones who vote for Phils in All Star voting. You do realize it is a popularity and “who have I heard of” contest—and rightfully so—right? Otherwise, Pujols wouldn’t be in the lead, also.

    • spudchukar - May 31, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      Closer reading will illustrate, that Craig seemed to believe McCann was a shoo-in as starting catcher. My point was that at this stage, it seems to be a two-man race, if one were to actually check the stats. The voting is also very close. McCann-633,987 Molina-595,576. I too believe past performance should be an ingredient in the selection process, ideally not for starter, but that is for another arguement. Molina is a two-time all-star himself, which shows his appreciation as a defensive wizard. Now that he has complimented that acumen with numbers only slightly behind McCann, he deserves to be in the conversation

      • thefalcon123 - May 31, 2011 at 5:07 PM

        Molina: 1.5 WAR
        McCann: 1.3 WAR

        It’s a wash so far. Tie goes to McCann for being better, longer. Molina is a might fine ball player (who has hit well in the past, but no NL catcher’s hit as well as McCann), but McCann has consistently proven to be better.

  5. scatterbrian - May 31, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    “I presume he’ll be in first place before long. Unless there’s a rule change or something …”

    Well it is a popularity contest first, and merit-based second.

    It’s interesting that the Braves have played seven more home games than the Giants, because that used to sway vote tallies in the past. Not sure how relevant that is now….anyone know the breakdown between in-stadium and internet ballots?

  6. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - May 31, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    POSEY? That washed up loser? He can’t even walk! Too soon?

    • sayheykidwschamp - May 31, 2011 at 4:03 PM

      ROY and WSRing in less than 5 months work…now a potential AllStar. Yeah, makes sense why you are so jealous and will use this site to attack Posey every chance you get.

      • Alex K - May 31, 2011 at 4:21 PM

        Dude, he was kidding.

        Deep breaths.

      • sayheykidwschamp - May 31, 2011 at 5:27 PM

        Don’t be fooled by his “too soon” at the end…this is a continuation of many previous posts by the “brave one” to attack Posey for anything…just because they choked last year.

    • aceshigh11 - May 31, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      Too soon! Too soon!

  7. redsfanmaryd - May 31, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    I grew up during the era of the Big Reg Machine and voted for all eight position players whenever I had a chance. That being said, Johnny Bench was voted the all-star starter long after his first half performance was worthy of the honor. Year after year, Gary Carter came in second when he should have been starting. Now it’s the other way around. Joey Votto will never be the starter so long as Albert Pujols is a 1st baseman in the NL

  8. spudchukar - May 31, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Could someone please explain to me how Freddie Freeman is in 5th place in the voting at 1B, ahead of Gaby Sanchez, Todd Helton, and Brett Wallace?

    • paperlions - May 31, 2011 at 4:38 PM

      NYC metro area has approximately 19,000,000 residents, nearly all of which have daily internet access.

      • spudchukar - May 31, 2011 at 4:42 PM

        Fine. But why are they choosing Freeman?

      • rebarratige - May 31, 2011 at 4:45 PM

        Freeman does not play for a New York area team, and hails from Southern California.

      • paperlions - May 31, 2011 at 4:47 PM


        No idea why, for some reason I was thinking Ike Davis when I read Freeman.

    • Utley's Hair - May 31, 2011 at 4:48 PM

      Due to the sheer passion of Bravos fans…?

      • Utley's Hair - May 31, 2011 at 4:49 PM

        In other words, Craig, El Bravo and nps have absolutely nothing else to do whatsoever…?

  9. Matthew Pouliot - May 31, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    As nice as it’d be to see McCann win a vote, if history is any indication, Molina will be the one overtaking Posey.

  10. thefalcon123 - May 31, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    I think the Cardinals could fill up all the outfield spots.
    Holliday: .344/.436/.545 (176 OPS+)
    Rasmus: .284/..388/.453 (137 OPS+)
    Berkman: .344/.463/.623 (204 OPS+)
    Jon Jay: .343/.405/.505 (156 OPS+)
    Allen Craig: .330/.400/.500 (153 OPS+)

    Of Cardinals players with at least 94 PA’s, Albert Pujols ranks 8th in OPS.

  11. umrguy42 - May 31, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    I’m just thinking that say, Pujols, Molina, and Brandon Phillips all in the same clubhouse could get… interesting :p

  12. scatterbrian - May 31, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    When it takes about two years for UZR to normalize, two months of WAR doesn’t necessarily determine the better player.

    • spudchukar - May 31, 2011 at 6:30 PM

      I wish it could be done in 2 years.

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