Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has stormed past Albert Pujols to take the overall lead regardless of position in voting for the National League All-Star team, according to results announced today.
Utley now has 2,273,355 votes to Pujols' 2,158,036. Utley is pulling away from the Dogers' Orlando Hudson, who is in second place at second base with 904,648.
The Phillies' Raul Ibanez leads among outfielders with 1,897,905 votes and is third overall in his effort to make his first All-Star appearance. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun is second (1,667,029) and the Mets' Carlos Beltran is third (1,367,412). Beltran holds a slight lead over the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano (1,340,699). The Phillies' Shane Victorino (1,116,524 )has moved into fifth place, a spot ahead of suspended Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez (999,800).
Jimmy Rollins remains the leading votegetter at shortstop after taking the top spot from Florida's Hanley Ramirez last week. Rollins has 1,216,007 votes, with Ramirez at 1,128,547.
First baseman Ryan Howard remains in second place behind Pujols for the July 14 game in St. Louis.
Carlos Ruiz has moved up to fourth among catchers and Pedro Feliz is fourth among third basemen.
Charlie Manuel will manage the NL All-Stars.