Arenado Expands All-Star Voting Lead; Blackmon, Story 4th

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has a healthy lead in the All-Star voting, which conitnues for 10 more days. Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is fourth in the outfield, where the top three vote-getters are given starting spots. Rockies shortstop Trevor Story is fourth at his position, the only other Rockies player in the top five.

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies, 21, vying for his first career All-Star selection, has received 1,408,469 votes to remain ahead of Javier Báez of the Chicago Cubs (1,186,243) and Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds (1,166,288). 

Albies, who leads all Major League second basemen with 23 doubles, 16 home runs and 58 runs scored, is batting .264 on the season with 44 RBI.  He would join Marcus Giles (2003) and Dan Uggla (2012) as the only Braves second basemen to garner a starting assignment via the fan ballot. 

Báez, also seeking his first All-Star nod, is hitting .269 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI.  The 25-year-old native of Puerto Rico is aiming to give the Cubs a starting second baseman for the second time in three years (Ben Zobrist – 2016). 

Like Albies and Báez, Gennett is also competing for a first trip to the Midsummer Classic.  The 28-year-old leads the NL with a .332 batting average to go along with his 13 home runs and 51 RBI.  With a starting nod, Scooter would become just the third different Reds second baseman to win a fan-elected start, joining Hall of Famer Joe Morgan (1972-78) and Brandon Phillips (2013).

In the NL’s closest race, Giants catcher Buster Posey, a five-time All-Star (2012-13; 2015-17), has received 1,037,368 votes to remain in front of Cubs backstop Willson Contreras (945,347) and Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki (880,707).  The 31-year-old Posey, who was the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year and 2012 NL Most Valuable Player, is bidding for his fourth consecutive fan-elected start and would become the first NL catcher to earn four consecutive fan elections since Hall of Famer Mike Piazza (nine straight, 1994-2002).  In addition, Posey would become just the third Giants player to garner four straight starting assignments since balloting was returned to the fans in 1970, joining first baseman Will Clark (four straight, 1988-91) and outfielder Barry Bonds (five straight, 2000-04).  Through 63 games this season, Posey is batting .289 with five home runs, 26 RBI, 16 doubles and 34 runs scored. 

The 26-year-old Contreras, in his third Major League season, is vying for his first All-Star selection.  The native of Venezuela, who would join Geovany Soto (2008) as the only Cubs catchers to win a fan election, is hitting .261 with five home runs, 24 RBI, 16 doubles and 24 runs scored.  Suzuki, an American League All-Star with the Minnesota Twins in 2014, is batting .282 with eight home runs, 26 RBI, 12 doubles and 26 runs scored.  The 34-year-old is attempting to join Javy Lopez (2003) and Brian McCann (2011) as Braves catchers to earn fan-elected starts at the All-Star Game.

The remaining NL leaders include: first baseman and overall NL leader Freddie Freeman of the Braves (2,199,904); San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (1,701,098); and outfielders Nick Markakis of the Braves (1,829,276), Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers (1,498,827) and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals (1,403,335). 

Freeman is trailed by Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo (899,953); Arenado continues to be followed by Kris Bryant of the Cubs (1,060,467); Crawford remains ahead of Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson (888,077); and the trio of outfield leaders are outpacing Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon (983,660) and Braves teammates Ronald Acuña Jr. (932,989) and Ender Inciarte (828,451).

vying for his first career All-Star selection, has received 1,408,469 votes to remain ahead of Javier Báez of the Chicago Cubs (1,186,243) and Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds (1,166,288). 

Albies, who leads all Major League second basemen with 23 doubles, 16 home runs and 58 runs scored, is batting .264 on the season with 44 RBI.  He would join Marcus Giles (2003) and Dan Uggla (2012) as the only Braves second basemen to garner a starting assignment via the fan ballot. 

Báez, also seeking his first All-Star nod, is hitting .269 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI.  The 25-year-old native of Puerto Rico is aiming to give the Cubs a starting second baseman for the second time in three years (Ben Zobrist – 2016). 

Like Albies and Báez, Gennett is also competing for a first trip to the Midsummer Classic.  The 28-year-old leads the NL with a .332 batting average to go along with his 13 home runs and 51 RBI.  With a starting nod, Scooter would become just the third different Reds second baseman to win a fan-elected start, joining Hall of Famer Joe Morgan (1972-78) and Brandon Phillips (2013).

In the NL’s closest race, Posey, a five-time All-Star (2012-13; 2015-17), has received 1,037,368 votes to remain in front of Cubs backstop Willson Contreras (945,347) and Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki (880,707).  The 31-year-old Posey, who was the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year and 2012 NL Most Valuable Player, is bidding for his fourth consecutive fan-elected start and would become the first NL catcher to earn four consecutive fan elections since Hall of Famer Mike Piazza (nine straight, 1994-2002). 

Posey would become just the third Giants player to garner four straight starting assignments since balloting was returned to the fans in 1970, joining first baseman Will Clark (four straight, 1988-91) and outfielder Barry Bonds (five straight, 2000-04). 

The 26-year-old Contreras, in his third Major League season, is vying for his first All-Star selection.  The native of Venezuela, who would join Geovany Soto (2008) as the only Cubs catchers to win a fan election, is hitting .261 with five home runs, 24 RBI, 16 doubles and 24 runs scored.  Suzuki, an American League All-Star with the Minnesota Twins in 2014, is batting .282 with eight home runs, 26 RBI, 12 doubles and 26 runs scored.  The 34-year-old is attempting to join Javy Lopez (2003) and Brian McCann (2011) as Braves catchers to earn fan-elected starts at the All-Star Game.

FIRST BASEMEN
# Player Club Votes
1 Freddie Freeman Braves 2,199,904
2 Anthony Rizzo Cubs 899,953
3 Brandon Belt Giants 571,177
4 Cody Bellinger Dodgers 472,164
5 José Martínez Cardinals 303,551
SECOND BASEMEN
# Player Club Votes
1 Ozzie Albies Braves 1,408,469
2 Javier Báez Cubs 1,186,243
3 Scooter Gennett Reds 1,166,288
4 Joe Panik Giants 335,298
5 Logan Forsythe Dodgers 268,236
THIRD BASEMEN
# Player Club Votes
1 Nolan Arenado Rockies 1,706,923
2 Kris Bryant Cubs 1,060,467
3 Johan Camargo Braves 642,241
4 Eugenio Suárez Reds 376,612
5 Justin Turner Dodgers 353,693
SHORTSTOPS
# Player Club Votes
1 Brandon Crawford Giants 1,701,098
2 Dabsby Swanson Braves 888,077
3 Addison Russell Cubs 771,478
4 Trevor Story Rockies 555,788
5 Trea Turner Nationals 380,331
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CATCHERS
# Player Club Votes
1 Buster Posey Giants 1,037,368
2 Willson Contreras Cubs 945,347
3 Kurt Suzuki Braves 880,707
4 Yadier Molina Cardinals 584,054
5 Yasmani Grandal Dodgers 539,782
OUTFIELDERS
# Player Club Votes
1 Nick Markakis Braves 1,829,276
2 Matt Kemp Dodgers 1,498,827
3 Bryce Harper Nationals 1,403,335
4 Charlie Blackmon Rockies 983,660
5 Ronald Acuña Jr. Braves 932,989
6 Ender Inciarte Braves 828,451
7 Jason Heyward Cubs 750,688
8 Kyle Schwarber Cubs 706,374
9 Ben Zobrist Cubs 684,377
10 Christian Yelich Brewers 545,044
11 Corey Dickerson Pirates 455,065
12 Lorenzo Cain Brewers 422,252
13 Andrew McCutchen Giants 412,708
14 Odúbel Herrera Phillies 374,540
15 Yasiel Puig Dodgers 366,277
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