One day after the American League All-Star voting was updated, here are the latest figures for National League All-Star balloting, position-by-position:
With Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols no longer in the N.L., this one appears to be Votto’s by a landslide. LaHair, though currently fifth, might make the team as a reserve because there has to be at least one Cub.
This one’s a bit closer, but Uggla’s having a solid season and should get the nod.
It’s the same deal at third base; Wright’s having a good year, plus Sandoval has spent considerable time on the disabled list. Jones is likely to get a reserve nod as he’s retiring at the end of the season.
This is the closest race of any N.L. vote; Tulowitzki remains on the DL and Furcal could overtake him in a fairly weak field.
Posey’s return from that gruesome injury last year to being productive is one of the best stories of 2012.
Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 2,589,464
Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: 1,782,831
Ryan Braun, Brewers: 1,553,356
Melky Cabrera, Giants: 1,357,461
Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 1,142,312
Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 951,652
Kemp was off to a monster start and the possibility of an even better year than he had in 2011, but now he’s missed quite a bit of time with two DL stints due to a hamstring injury. It’s anyone’s guess on when he’ll return or whether he’d be able to play in the All-Star Game; he’s got a lead of over one million votes over Cabrera in fourth place, so he’ll almost certainly be elected.