Thursday, September 3, 2015

Five Phillies lead early All-Star voting

Major League Baseball just released its first voting tallies for National League All-Stars and the Phillies are represented well.

Five Phillies lead early All-Star voting

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Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is currently in second place in the NL All-Star voting. (Ron Cortes/Staff photographer)
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is currently in second place in the NL All-Star voting. (Ron Cortes/Staff photographer)

Major League Baseball just released its first voting tallies for National League All-Stars and the Phillies are represented well.

Second baseman Chase Utley, shortstop Jimmy Rollins, third baseman Placido Polanco and outfielders Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino all lead their respective positions. Utley, actually, leads all NL players with 687,724 votes.

Catcher Carlos Ruiz and first baseman Ryan Howard are second at their positions behind two Cardinals, Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols.

Voting concludes July 1. By that time, I'd assume Florida's Hanley Ramirez will pass Rollins, who, well, isn't very deserving of an All-Star bid considering he has played in 12 games.

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Here are the numbers:

FIRST BASEMEN
1.    Albert Pujols    Cardinals    647,666
2.    Ryan Howard    Phillies    329,673
3.    Prince Fielder    Brewers    200,395
4.    James Loney    Dodgers    116,850
5.    Lance Berkman    Astros    112,589

SECOND BASEMEN
1.    Chase Utley    Phillies    687,724
2.    Rickie Weeks    Brewers    169,941
3.    Martin Prado    Braves    134,993
4.    Kelly Johnson    D-backs    118,342
5.    Skip Schumaker    Cardinals    112,365

THIRD BASEMEN
1.    Placido Polanco    Phillies    309,458
2.    David Wright    Mets    236,387
3.    Casey McGehee    Brewers    185,312
4.    Pedro Sandoval    Giants    160,179
5.    Chipper Jones    Braves    143,558

SHORTSTOPS
1.    Jimmy Rollins    Phillies    340,747
2.    Hanley Ramirez    Marlins    309,244
3.    Alcides Escobar    Brewers    151,710
4.    Rafael Furcal    Dodgers    144,209
5.    Jose Reyes    Mets    137,321

CATCHERS
1.    Yadier Molina    Cardinals    316,795
2.    Carlos Ruiz    Phillies    259,227
3.    Ivan Rodriguez    Nationals    247,998
4.    Brian McCann    Braves    203,377
5.    Russell Martin    Dodgers    160,698

OUTFIELDERS
1.    Ryan Braun    Brewers    423,834
2.    Jayson Werth    Phillies    365,402
3.    Shane Victorino    Phillies    348,841
4.    Andre Ethier    Dodgers    316,383
5.    Matt Holliday    Cardinals    309,463
6.    Jason Heyward    Braves    304,547
7.    Matt Kemp    Dodgers    249,554
8.    Raul Ibanez    Phillies    248,450
9.    Manny Ramirez    Dodgers    217,694
10.    Jason Bay    Mets    191,181

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