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

FIRST BASEMAN
# Player Club Votes
1 José Abreu White Sox 636,666
2 Mitch Moreland Red Sox 472,245
3 Yuli Gurriel Astros 368,863
4 Albert Pujols Angels 336,724
5 Miguel Cabrera Tigers 333,130
SECOND BASEMEN
# Player Club Votes
1 Jose Altuve Astros 1,572,101
2 Gleyber Torres Yankees 534,758
3 Dee Gordon Mariners 244,488
4 Jason Kipnis Indians 156,347
5 Jed Lowrie Athletics 130,479
THIRD BASEMEN
# Player Club Votes
1 José Ramírez Indians 893,530
2 Miguel Andújar Yankees 509,188
3 Alex Bregman Astros 410,412
4 Adrián Beltré Rangers 249,080
5 Mike Moustakas Royals 231,363
SHORTSTOPS
# Player Club Votes
1 Manny Machado Orioles 671,133
2 Carlos Correa Astros 458,367
3 Francisco Lindor Indians 420,674
4 Didi Gregorius Yankees 413,135
5 Jean Segura Mariners 312,407
DESIGNATED HITTERS
# Player Club Votes
1 J.D. Martinez Red Sox 1,119,263
2 Giancarlo Stanton Yankees 478,872
3 Evan Gattis Astros 363,362
4 Shohei Ohtani Angels 350,579
5 Edwin Encarnacion Indians 260,915
CATCHERS
# Player Club Votes
1 Wilson Ramos Rays 678,159
2 Gary Sánchez Yankees 618,899
3 Brian McCann Astros 401,336
4 Salvador Perez Royals 344,915
5 Yan Gomes Indians 200,275
OUTFIELDERS
# Player Club Votes
1 Mookie Betts Red Sox 1,568,417
2 Mike Trout Angels 1,323,292
3 Aaron Judge Yankees 1,061,370
4 Michael Brantley Indians 518,350
5 George Springer Astros 511,815
6 Andrew Benintendi Red Sox 509,780
7 Brett Gardner Yankees 330,970
8 Marwin Gonzalez Astros 300,694
9 Mitch Haniger Mariners 295,057
10 Josh Reddick Astros 278,332
11 Nicholas Castellanos Tigers 256,889
12 Eddie Rosario Twins 248,451
13 Aaron Hicks Yankees 239,594
14 Jackie Bradley Jr. Red Sox 237,937
15 Ben Gamel Mariners 151,097
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