When the second installment of fan voting updates for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game emerged, there were some surprises, but the big names emerged in a big way.
Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey lead their respective leagues in voting, but the aforementioned Posey is actually in one of the closer races as of the June 15th release. Posey and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina are within 64,000 votes of each other, which is a paper-thin margin for this time in the voting, and frankly, it will be a shame to see either player starting the game on the bench.
Elsewhere in the National League, Joey Votto (1B), Brandon Phillips (2B), Troy Tulowitzki (SS, Injured), Carlos Beltran, and Justin Upton seem to be “locks”, while there are still races to be had at other positions. David Wright (the NL Home Run Derby captain) and Pablo Sandoval are within 130,000 votes of each other at third base, and the final outfield position is within striking distance for Ryan Braun as he aims to overtake the wunderkind Bryce Harper.
In the AL, Cabrera holds one of the biggest leads in recent memory, as his over 3.2 million votes absolutely dwarf the closest competition as youngster Manny Machado trails with slightly over 1.6 million. The races at catcher, 1st base, and 2nd base are virtually over, with Joe Mauer, Chris Davis, and Robinson Cano taking insurmountable leads. However, the shortstop battle between Texas’ Elvis Andrus and JJ Hardy is fairly close (within 530,000 votes), and the race for the 3rd outfield spot between Torii Hunter and Nick Markakis is currently the closest in either league, as the two are within 40,000 votes of each other.
Overall, the fan voting doesn’t heat up in full until closer to the July 16th game at Citi Field, but as the vote totals roll in, we will keep you updated here on FanSided. Stay tuned.