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AL All-Star balloting update: Jose Bautista joins the leaders

Jun 18, 2012, 6:18 PM EST

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The latest American League ballot totals are in and the red-hot Jose Bautista has moved into third place in the outfielder voting, with Nelson Cruz dropping out of the lineup to fifth place.

Bautista had the AL’s highest vote total last year, but his slow start guarantees he won’t duplicate that feat this year. Instead, it looks like Josh Hamilton will take the title.

CATCHER
Mike Napoli, Rangers: 2,239,047
Joe Mauer, Twins: 1,283,804
Matt Wieters, Orioles: 1,242,247

FIRST BASE
Prince Fielder, Tigers: 1,946,045
Paul Konerko, White Sox: 1,680,793
Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 1,405,187

SECOND BASE
Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 2,580,306
Robinson Cano, Yankees: 2,565,046
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 1,331,657

THIRD BASE
Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 2,251,304
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 1,869,727
Evan Longoria, Rays: 1,442,308

SHORTSTOP
Derek Jeter, Yankees: 3,359,875
Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 2,008,678
J.J. Hardy, Orioles: 968,963

OUTFIELD
Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 5,414,880
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 2,818,535
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 1,996,940
Adam Jones, Orioles: 1,959,207
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 1,944,487
David Murphy, Rangers: 1,229,190
Nick Swisher, Yankees: 1,177,500
Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 823,568
Brett Gardner, Yankees: 818,164

DESIGNATED HITTER
David Ortiz, Red Sox: 2,390,132
Michael Young, Rangers: 1,892,150
Raul Ibanez, Yankees: 1,080,421

  1. angrycorgi - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Could Hamilton be any more of a lock?? Good grief! ;)

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    A cynic might think that Yankees fans are stuffing the ballot. However, since the voters are leaving Arod alone, I can’t be cynical. Why in the name of “Len” is he not getting more support?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      Yankee fans dont even bother to vote, we dont concern ourselves about exhabition games

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:30 PM

        …or grammar or spelling.

  3. paperlions - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    MY is the worst everyday DH in the AL (.303 OBP and .357 SLG)…and somehow he may make the AS team. Must be he grittly leaderyness.

    • approvenothing - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      The votes he are getting are based off of last years numbers and him being on the Rangers which are catching lots of votes this season whether deserving or not. I love the guy but he is not producing.

  4. jlovenotjlo - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Adam Dunn and his 23 HR’s don’t crack top 3? Prince Fielder way ahead of Konerko?

    You suck ,”fans”

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      Nope, he’s the No. 4 DH behind Ibanez.

      • jlovenotjlo - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:40 PM

        Ugh. Well, that’s better than, like, 6th, I guess.

  5. yankees177 - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Brett gardners on the OF list? As a yankees fan thats just a joke. Jeter, grandy, and cano are all legit though. I wouldn’t call it stuffing the ballots.

  6. SteelyMcBeam6 - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    It’s a popularity contest, has absolutely nothing to do with who’s having a better season. Take the vote away from the fans. all emotion no perspective biased morons.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:32 PM

      Agreed. Let’s just see the best of the best in the starting lineup.

      • baseballisboring - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:10 AM

        Especially since it counts…

  7. rgledz - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    I can’t believe that Josh Willingham is not on the list of outfielders! C’mon fans, let’s get Gardner and Swisher off of that list. They don’t deserve to be on there. Gardner has barely even played for crying out loud.

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Jose is starting to remind me of Dave Kingman, its either a HR or strikeout and he is lucky to hit his weight. Glad the jays have that guy locked up

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      Harry has a cognitive problem. Bautista’s 3 run homer tonight was his 20th. He has 50 RBI’s.

      • Ari Collins - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:22 PM

        I’ll take a .860 OPS OF. Bautista is hitting better than most OFs (including all Yankee OFs) even after a poor start.

        The Blue Jays are glad to have him locked up too, at, what, $13MM a year?

  9. hbdbrowns33 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Not having Asdrubal Cabrera or Jason Kipnis in the top 3 at their spots is ridiculous especially Kipnis considering he leads all AL second basemen in most offensive categories.

    • cogitobaseballergosum - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:13 AM

      Exactly what do you consider “most”? Among AL second basemen Kipnis ranks:

      BA: 2nd
      OBP: 4th
      SLG: 3rd
      OPS: 3rd
      H: 3rd
      R: t2nd
      2B: 13th
      3B: t2nd
      HR: 2nd
      RBI: 1st
      BB: t6th
      SB: 1st
      oWAR: t1st

  10. jengibre23 - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Brett gardner and David Murphy but no mike trout or mark trumbo?

    • foreverchipper10 - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      I don’t believe Trout is on the list but he will most likely be on the final vote or be picked by the manager. If not, something is terribly terribly wrong.

  11. yankeehatersaredelusional - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Glad Robbie’s about to complete the comeback over that clown kinsler
    No offense but he’s not on Cano’s level and it’s stupid that he’s been leading

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      I would reconsider who is “delusional” after calling Kinsler a clown.

  12. lionsfan415 - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Austin Jackson should be in there, he’s been great and Billy Butler should be voted in as the DH

  13. ThatGuy - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Apparently no one realizes that Mauer is back to doing what he always did. How is Napoli killing him in the vote is beyond me

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      Fans vote, it’s really not that difficult. Not on merit, not on ability, not on value. It’s a popularity contest with ballot stuffing initiatives.

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