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NL All-Star ballot update: Pujols remains tops at first, but for how long?

Jun 20, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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Major League Baseball just announced the latest vote tallies for the National League All-Stars. In light of today’s news, the totals at first base are the most notable: Albert Pujols leads Joey Votto 2,806,864 to 2,270,211.

Obviously the vote totals don’t reflect the fact that Pujols was knocked out yesterday and only announced as being unavailable for the All-Star Game today. I’ll be curious to see, however, how much ground Votto closes in the four days (in-stadium) and ten days (online) between now and when voting ends. I assume not by enough, but it will be neat to see how much Pujols’ unavailability filters into the vote.

Elsewhere, there are close battles at second base, where Brandon Phillips leads Rickie Weeks by fewer than 200,000 votes and shortstop, where Troy Tulowitzki leads Jose Reyes by around 400,000 or so.

If it all ended today, your starters would be Brian McCann behind the plate, Pujols (subbed with Votto, most likely), Phillips, Tulowitzki, Placido Polanco, Ryan Braun, Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday.

  1. tsi4431 - Jun 21, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    Unlike the idiots voting in the AL, it seems the NL fans actually are voting for the best players at the position, instead of the team they play for.

    • cintiphil - Jun 21, 2011 at 7:54 AM

      If what you say were actually true, then Votto would lead by a long distance. Albert is not even close to him with numbers on offense and defense. Although, I think Albert is the better player for his career. This year, Votto has him beat badly.

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