Last week the National League’s outfielders were all bunched up in the All-Star voting numbers, with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig sitting in fifth place.
But after a tremendous surge in votes fo Puig, he is now first in voting among NL outfielders with 935,276 votes, putting him in front of last week’s leader Charlie Blackmon (883,186 votes) and Giancarlo Stanton (863,307 votes) for the right to represent the league in this year’s All-Star game.
Last year’s NL Most Valuable Player Andrew McCutchen, who was in second place last week, now sits fourth with 823,862 votes, and the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez has dropped to fifth with 819,385 tallies for his name.
Last year the polarizing Puig was a late call-up, but put up incredible numbers to get himself ballot consideration, only to end up losing the fan vote for the 34th member of the squad. It looks like Puig’s fans aren’t going to allow a repeat of that in 2014.
Puig can both elate and frustrate even his own fans with some of his fantastic ability on the field mixed with his odd behavior and unnecessary antics. He was even benched early in the season by Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
Fans can cast their votes for starting position players at MLB.com and all 30 team sites using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game is to be played at the Minnesota Twins home of Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.