Braun back among ASG contenders

2014-mlb-all-star-game-logoRyan Braun was back in contention for an All-Star Game start when Major League Baseball released a first round of fan balloting figures for the National League on Wednesday.

Braun, who made five straight All-Star teams from 2008-2012 before missing the cut during his injury- and suspension-marred 2013 season, is running third among NL outfielders with 446,780 votes from in-stadium and online ballots, trailing Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies (549,394 votes) and Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates (467,378 votes). Another Brewers outfielder, Carlos Gomez, was sixth with 370,630 votes.

The top three vote-getters among outfielders will be elected starters to the 2014 All-Star Game, to be played at Target Field in Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 15.

Other Brewers contenders included Aramis Ramirez, who is running second among NL third basemen with 282,843 votes despite a current stint on the disabled list. Ramirez trails the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, who has 318,111 votes.

Jonathan Lucroy ranked fourth among catchers and Jean Segura was running fifth among shortstops. The leader at shortstop was the Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki, who led all NL players with 745,823 votes.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites — online or on a mobile device — using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.

The 2014 All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. The AL will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the NL will have eight fan-elected starters. Pitchers and reserves for both squads — totaling 25 for the NL and 24 for the AL — will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by All-Star managers Mike Matheny (NL) and John Farrell (AL).

Immediately following the announcement of the rosters, you can select the final player for each league’s 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Choose again at that point from among five players in each league. The Final Vote returns for its 13th season with more than 430 million votes cast to date, and you’ll be able to make selections on MLB.com, club sites and your mobile device.

You’ll be on a voting tear at that point, having already selected starters and the last men, and the ritual will not end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the big game, vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi. The fan voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Here are the current figures at each position:

First Basemen   Catchers
# Player Club Votes   # Player Club Votes
Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers 349,762   Yadier Molina Cardinals 640,464
Freddie Freeman Braves 308,961   Buster Posey Giants 421,100
Justin Morneau Rockies 305,327   Evan Gattis Braves 241,005
Brandon Belt Giants 228,547   Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 236,935
Paul Goldschmidt D-backs 227,854   Devin Mesoraco Reds 154,489
                 
Second Basemen   Outfielders
# Player Club Votes   # Player Club Votes
Chase Utley Phillies 509,390   Charlie Blackmon Rockies 549,394
Dee Gordon Dodgers 304,258   Andrew McCutchen Pirates 467,378
Brandon Phillips Reds 187,067   Ryan Braun Brewers 446,780
Anthony Rendon Nationals 183,600   Giancarlo Stanton Marlins 426,228
Neil Walker Pirates 159,205   Yasiel Puig Dodgers 383,384
          Carlos Gomez Brewers 370,630
Third Basemen   Justin Upton Braves 312,574
# Player Club Votes   Angel Pagan Giants 287,338
Nolan Arenado Rockies 318,111   Mike Morse Giants 257,477
Aramis Ramirez Brewers 282,843   Hunter Pence Giants 221,604
David Wright Mets 278,840   Matt Holliday Cardinals 212,763
Juan Uribe Dodgers 270,425   Bryce Harper Nationals 211,565
Pablo Sandoval Giants 210,473   Carlos Gonzalez Rockies 207,875
          Michael Cuddyer Rockies 193,980
Shortstops   Matt Kemp Dodgers 162,681
# Player Club Votes          
Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 745,823  
Brandon Crawford Giants 218,123    
Andrelton Simmons Braves 207,402  
Hanley Ramirez Dodgers 206,866  
Jean Segura Brewers 202,597  
         

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