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AL All-Star voting updates

Jun 11, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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The league just announced the latest in the All-Star Game voting for the American League. Here’s where it stands. The only particularly close race right now is for the third outfield slot, which is a three-way deal between Nelson Cruz, Jose Bautista and Adam Jones.

Catcher
Mike Napoli: 1,640,160
Joe Mauer: 912,997

First Base
Prince Fielder: 1,421,786
Paul Konerko: 1,147,089

Second Base
Ian Kinsler: 1,920,364
Robinson Cano: 1,732,359

Shortstop
Derek Jeter: 2,419,508
Elvis Andrus: 1,448,544

Third Base
Adrian Beltre: 1,634,057
Miguel Cabrera: 1,313,063

Outfield
Josh Hamilton: 3,833,504
Curtis Granderson:2,033,239
Nelson Cruz: 1,398,534
Jose Bautista: 1,357,784
Adam Jones: 1,318,091

Designated Hitter
David Ortiz: 1,758,369
Michael Young: 1,396,802

The National League voting will be updated tomorrow.

  1. ThatGuy - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    They don’t vote for catcher’s these days?

  2. rockthered1286 - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Every year I remember how much I hate the ASG because this is nothing more than a popularity contest. Yes I do have hometown bias, but you cannot tell me that Matt Weiters isn’t the best defensive catcher in the AL right now (bats heating up too), Jim Johnson is the best closer in the AL, and players like Adam Jones may possibly get left out? The AL All Star team will end up being 95% Yanks,BoSox and Rangers because those are the 3 biggest bandwagon teams out there. As always. Hell, take the O’s away and show me where you see a single AL East leading Ray in this list?! Or any of the Angels players who are lights out right now?!

    For a game that actually means something, I would think player voting or some type of selective voting process would be better served instead of who’s jersey sells the most regardless of their play in the field.

    • ThatGuy - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Weiters may be the best defensive catcher, but others are hitting much better(Although Napoli seems to be getting votes based on last years offensive numbers). My votes would go to Mauer and A.J.

    • Kevin Gillman - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      Don’t feel bad Rock, Jason Kipnis is getting beat out by Chris Getz……Chris Getz. Awful, that should never be allowed.

      • ksbuff - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:55 PM

        In defense of Getz, he does lead the league in GRIT. But I think the biggest reason he’s beating Kipnis is because Royals fans are voting for the host representative. He won’t win but that doesn’t mean we’ll stop trying.

      • Kevin Gillman - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:09 AM

        I didn’t mean any disrespect to Chris at all, and you make a very good point about KC wanting him there. But Jason deserves a spot there as well, looking at his numbers. He even has Cano beat in HRs, and RBIs, and I think even Avg.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      It’s an exhition game for the fans. Let the fans vote. Besides, (1) letting the players vote won’t help, because they will play favorites as well; and (2) the fans don’t select the pitchers, who usually own the All-Star Game.

      The real problem isn’t who votes for the position players, it’s pretending that the a meaningless exhibition game has meaning. Go back to leagues alternating home field in the World Series, or base it on record.

  3. scottyallenlaai - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    The race for the AL outfield should be limited to Curtis Granderson, Josh Hamilton, and the guy that should be the backup behind Mike Trout.

  4. bdnnbd - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Josh Willingham.

  5. cur68 - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    For all your DH-ing needs vote Edwin Encarnacion. E5 been a beast this season.

  6. pete611 - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    I have been a Rangers team since 1995, why didn’t anyone tell me we where bandwagon teams like the redwood and yanks before.

  7. rockthered1286 - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Rangers are now a perennial playoff so the bandwagon added a new stop indeed. And I’m totally fine with keeping the popularity contest IF the game had no meaning. Could you imagine if MLB had their version of Tebow leading the charge for your division in the ASG? Popularity doesn’t translate into victory.

  8. lukeslice - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    WTF are Rangers fans doing, don’t they know that over-voting is up to Yankee and Red Sox fans?

  9. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Michael Young that close to David Ortiz at DH? Ortiz has been great this year and Young has been average.

  10. needtoplay - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Here we go again… debates concerning voting for the All-Star players, and should it determine home field advantage for the WS. But if baseball is good for anything, it is good for starting “discussions”.

    # 1: if the fans are allowed to vote, then it HAS to be an exhibition game. If the players vote, then it can determine home field advantage as they have a direct say by their voting. And if they (the players) vote on a popularity basis, then they doom themselves.

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    # 2: the All-Star game should NOT determine home field advantage. Inter-league play should: whichever league has the better record wins home field advantage for the WS. Plain and simple… and logical.

    # 3: let the players vote for the 25; then let the fans vote in 5 players from each league who they wish to see play, for either sentimental or other reasons.

    # 4: if fans can vote a specific # of multiple times (which it appears they can) then it means they can track, to some degree, how many times each votes…. and that should be “controlled” at one, as best as it can be done. At least it would hold the optimum at a more logical level and perhaps help prevent the over-voting by certain cities. Concession: extremely hard to track and control. But you start at the lower level, not the higher.

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  11. papacrick - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    What a joke. I can watch a Rangers game any day. Maybe two of those guys at best deserve to be on the all star team. Whoever has the biggest state wins.. Yay!!

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