Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and outfielder Raul Ibanez continue to lead in the National League All-Star fan balloting, and shortstop Jimmy Rollins has fallen back in the voting with four days remaining.
Utley’s total of 3,510,082 votes is second overall to St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols’ 3,602,765. Utley has almost three times the votes of the Dodgers’ Orlando Hudson among second baseman (1,277,348).
Ibanez, who is on the disabled list, tops outfielders with 2,970,139 votes. Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun is second (2,654,061), followed by the Mets’ Carlos Beltran (2,085,028). The Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano is fourth with 1,916,598 votes and the Phillies’ Shane Victorino is fifth at 1,642,248. Suspended Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez has fallen back to seventh.
Rollins now trails Florida’s Hanley Ramirez by 254,257 votes. Ramirez has 2,026,174 to Rollins’ 1,771,917. Ramirez has been expanding his lead over the past several weeks, with Rollins continuing to struggle.
Ryan Howard remains second at first base behind Pujols with 1,644,971.
Third baseman Pedro Feliz is fourth with 1,132,441. The Mets’ David Wright continues to lead with 2,049,487.
The Cardinals’ Yadier Molina lead among catchers with 1,846,629 votes. The Phillies’ Carlos Ruiz has fallen out of the top 5.
The All-Star rosters will be announced Sunday for the July 14 game in St. Louis.
Charlie Manuel will manage the National League.