NL All-Star Update: Altuve Takes Over AL Voting Lead
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, the 2017 AL MVP and starting second baseman for the AL in the last three All-Star games, has taken the overall lead in fan balloting for the 2018 All-Star Game.
Altuve has totaled 1,572,101 votes in his bid for a sixth Midsummer Classic selection overall. The Puerto Cabello, Venezuela native would join Hall of Famer Rod Carew (six straight, 1970-75), Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar (four straight, 1991-94; five straight, 1996-2000) and Robinson Canó (five straight, 2010-14) as the only AL second basemen to win four consecutive fan elections. The 28-year-old Altuve, who is followed at second base by rookie Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees (534,758), who leads the Majors with a .342 batting average and 102 hits to go along with five home runs, 37 RBI and 19 doubles.
In the AL’s closest race, Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos has received 678,159 votes to overtake Gary Sánchez of the New York Yankees (618,899) behind the plate. Ramos, in his second season with the Rays, is bidding for his second career All-Star selection. He was an NL All-Star with the Washington Nationals In 2016.
Ramos could become just the fifth different Rays player to win a fan election (sixth time overall), joining designated hitter Jose Canseco (1999), third baseman Evan Longoria (2009-10), outfielder Carl Crawford (2010) and designated hitter Corey Dickerson (2017). The 30-year-old Ramos is batting .286 on the season with nine home runs, 35 RBI, nine doubles and 22 runs scored.
Sánchez, an All-Star in 2017, is vying to become the first Yankees catcher to garner a starting assignment since Jorge Posada earned consecutive fan elections in 2002-03. The 25-year-old Sanchez ranks second among all Major League catchers with 13 home runs and 39 RBI.
Eight AL teams are represented among the nine positional leaders. In addition to Altuve and Ramos, the AL leaders are -- First baseman José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox (636,666), third baseman José Ramírez of the Indians (893,530); shortstop Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles (671,133); designated hitter J.D. Martinez of the Boston Red Sox (1,119,263), and outfielders Mookie Betts of the Red Sox (1,568,417), Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (1,323,292) and Aaron Judge of the Yankees (1,061,370).
AL All-Star Voting Leaders
|1||José Abreu||White Sox||636,666|
|2||Mitch Moreland||Red Sox||472,245|
|1||J.D. Martinez||Red Sox||1,119,263|
|1||Mookie Betts||Red Sox||1,568,417|
|6||Andrew Benintendi||Red Sox||509,780|
|14||Jackie Bradley Jr.||Red Sox||237,937|