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The final AL All-Star balloting update before the teams are set

Jun 25, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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There’s still time to vote, but if it ended now, the AL All-Star team would look like so.

The only change to a starter over last week’s results: Robinson Cano taking over first place at second base from Ian Kinsler. Downballot, we see A-Rod passing Evan Longoria for third place at third base, a flip-flop of Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones at 4-5 among outfielders and Adam Dunn passing Raul Ibanez for third place among DH’s. So it’s mostly ho-hum.

CATCHER
Mike Napoli, Rangers: 3,008,228
Joe Mauer, Twins: 1,772,228
Matt Wieters, Orioles: 1,623,459

FIRST BASE
Prince Fielder, Tigers: 2,825,532
Paul Konerko, White Sox: 2,261,388
Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 1,863,873

SECOND BASE
Robinson Cano, Yankees: 3,559,290
Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 3,462,367
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 1,666,282

THIRD BASE
Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 3,073,541
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 2,692,047
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 1,748,534

SHORTSTOP
Derek Jeter, Yankees: 4,407,982
Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 2,764,888
J.J. Hardy, Orioles: 1,331,927

OUTFIELD
Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 7,310,824
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 3,812,339
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 2,773,442
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 2,681,019
Adam Jones, Orioles: 2,633,259
David Murphy, Rangers: 1,738,805

DH
David Ortiz, Red Sox: 3,128,711
Michael Young, Rangers: 2,564,572
Adam Dunn: 1,436,643

  1. 69jaredallen69 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Rangers fans are stuffing the ballot box I see…David Murphy??? Fan voting has run its course, too many idiots out there. If this game means something fans should not have a say and the every team represented needs to go

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      Who would you suggest vote? The managers/gm’s who continually give gold gloves to subpar defenders like Jeter? (and vice versa, don’t give them to great defenders like Brett Gardner).

      • djpostl - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:20 AM

        Quantifying defense is about the hardest thing to do probably, picking an All-Star team for each league would be a different beast and is quite necessary.

        The current system is a joke. It’s a joke that the team with the best record doesn’t get home field in the World Series and if it was going to come down to head-to-head between leagues, it clearly should be the final cumulative Interleague play record that decides the matter.

        But since it won’t be either of those two things the least they can do is take the roster out of the hands of public.

        If we can’t set the damn lineup card in any other games we shouldn’t be allowed to do it in this one.

        And don’t get me started on this shit where if a guy starts on Sunday he cannot pitch in the “big game”. Last year that rule eliminated Verlander, CC, Felix, Lester & a couple others from even being considered by the AL.

        Not exactly a level playing field.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      E5 has a better chance to actually be selected for the game than Michael Young. I also think that he has had a better year than Dunn.

  2. pistolpete31 - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Everyone should just be given one ballot instead of this nonsense of voting 20 times a day; then the real all-stars might actually make it.

  3. soundsofsuccess7 - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    where the hell is mike trout

    • dodger88 - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Not on the ballot; same for Bryce Harper. Each needs to be a write-in candidate or make it through the last roster spot ballot vote next week.

  4. soundsofsuccess7 - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    David Murphy? uhm what.. he doesn’t even start does he?

  5. soundsofsuccess7 - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    who voted for mike napoli 3 million times??

    • beefytrout - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      People who enjoy watching Napoli find new and exciting ways to strike out.

  6. soundsofsuccess7 - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    ranger fans screwing the AL over I see..

    • kopy - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      You’d think they would now understand the importance of home field advantage in the World Series.

    • beefytrout - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      Not really sure how you can make this argument… it’s not like Rangers fans are able to vote any more than every other team’s fans. But that’s a nice showing by angels fans who couldn’t even get Pujols to third place in the voting for 1B.

      • kopy - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        They’re don’t have special privileges, no, but they’re obviously voting in higher numbers. That’s their prerogative, but it dilutes the quality of the team and isn’t fair to players in smaller markets that are more deserving when fans only vote for players of their favorite team.

        Of course, this is worsened by all MLB teams encouraging fans to vote in their players. I love the Twins, but Mauer’s the only one I’d vote for. It’s unfortunate that guys like Lawrie, Trout, etc. don’t get votes.

      • beefytrout - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        I’m not a fan of the current system either, but is there really an issue here? There are only 3 Rangers here that are leading their positions, and other than Napoli, can’t you make the case that the other 2 players (Hamilton and Beltre) are deserving to start the ASG?

  7. sdelmonte - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    1B: Should be Konerko, but you could do worse than Fielder
    2B: Hard to argue against Cano
    SS: Hard to argue against Jeter, unless you just want someone else to start for once.
    3B: No travesty in Beltre at all, but Trumbo is a better story
    OF: Home runs are still sexy. Arguments could be made for a lot of other players, but I have no great problem here
    DH: What is this position? I’ve never heard of it. Must be a stunt for the game. (Ortiz is deserving.)
    C: The one position I have a problem with. But who would vote for Pierzynski?

    • djpostl - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:23 AM

      A.J.’s mom maybe. Oh wait, I doubt it.

  8. bucs1905 - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Where or where is Austin Jackson?

  9. Ari Collins - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Jeter’s the big mistake here. He’s seventh among AL SS in WAR, a full two wins behind Andrus. Even if you ignore defense (and you really really shouldn’t), Andrus is outhitting Jeter.

    Jeter hasn’t been an All-Star-level player since 2009.

    Napoli’s not the best choice, but at least he’s coming off a great year in 2011. Likewise for Fielder.

    The big omission is, of course, Mike Trout. But I expect he’ll get on the team one way or another.

    • ftbramwell - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      WAR is not a legitimate statistic!

      • Ari Collins - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        If you’re a Luddite:

        Jeter is third in OPS behind Andrus and Cabrera. His .769 OPS is better than what he did in 2011 or 2010, so it’s hard to say this is an off year for him.

        And, of course, those two are far better defenders.

    • djpostl - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      Lower average, less Hrs, less RBIs, less hits, less total bases..but yeah, he’s outhitting him.

      The only categories where he has an advantage are walks (and thus slight advantage in OBP/OPS because of said walks).

      Andrus has better range but his glove is overrated. He’s on pace for another season in the mid-20s in errors.

      • Ari Collins - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        Seriously?

        What actually matters is OBP and slugging. If the “only” category you’re doing worse in is that you’re constantly making outs, you’re the worse player.

        But walks are also not the only category Andrus is outhitting him in.

        Runs.

        Stolen bases.

        Not striking out.

        Doubles.

        Not grounding into double plays.

        If you really think that Jeter’s 8 more hits and .004 points of BA are more important than the fact that he’s made a ton more outs at the plate and even more in double plays, then your player evaluation is top-notch and I hope you vote as often as you can.

        For the NL.

        Oh, haha, I almost forgot that you think that Andrus’ two more errors than Jeter matter more than Jeter’s fall-down range. I don’t think there’s a single scout in baseball who thinks that Jeter’s defense is good or that Andrus’ defense isn’t top-notch.

  10. randygnyc - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Sorry, but Napoli is no starting all star. And konerko should have all the 1B votes. I can live with Jeter. Cano deserves it. I like the outfield. Ortiz deserves the DH spot. Beltre at 3rd is ok.

    And because it was brought up, I respect the angels fans for not voting in Pujols. His first half has been horrible, although better lately. I can’t imagine the humiliation for him had he been voted in.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      Randy:
      I don’t know if it’s so much a case of the Angels fans deciding NOT to vote A.P. in at 1st.
      Moreso, I think it’s a case of there not being enough Angels fans who care enough about it to vote in the 1st place. Put another way…if Albert were a Ranger the fans would have flooded the ballot boxes just like they did/are doing for David Murphy.

  11. randygnyc - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    If I’m not mistaken (which is quite possible, as I think about it while typing) wasn’t trout and Harper brought up after the ballots were produced? (Harper for sure)

  12. randygnyc - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Stlouis- after pujols’ blockbuster signing, I’m convinced that if Pujols had started the season as he usually does, the angels would have one more games, which would have motivated the fans. I think their muted start has really hurt their fans enthusiasm. If he had 20 hrs with a .330 average, he’d have 5 million votes. IMHO.

  13. mrbiz8505 - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Fan voting is a joke

  14. Loose Changeup - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    The ASG is in KC this year, which is practically a suburb of TX. You can bet a lot of Rangers fans will travel, especially with their popularity after their WS appearances.

  15. approvenothing - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Why is Murphy up their? Great player but not an AS. Where is Edwin? Why is Michael doing so well in the voting? Ranger fan since 08 and i don’t understand the voting of average ranger players…..

  16. yankeehatersaredelusional - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    and to think kinsler once had a big lead on cano
    Is it possible that rangers fan voting is even more of a joke than yankees fan voting?

  17. lax12345 - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Cano is better! 6 homeruns in the last 9 games I believe.

  18. Loose Changeup - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Also, vote for Adam La Marque Jones. .300/.346/.561, 19HR, 145OPS+, 2nd in total bases (161). He’s outhitting every OF but Hamilton, whose tail he’s been on all season. And he’s a better twitterer.

  19. kylemoss - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Lets get Mike Trout in the All-Star game!! Everyone knows this stud deserves it!! http://miketroutallstar.weebly.com/

  20. dickclydesdale - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    Beltraz will be the all star game mvp for the NL in his return to KC, you heard it here first son!

  21. wingsrule12 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    So nice not to see Albert not in the top 3 at 1st base for the American League I can think of 5 players I would vote in before him.

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