Fans Making Statement: Arenado No. 1 at 3B
Among baseball fans there is no debate.
Nolan Arenado is the top third baseman in the National League.
It is as evident as the All-Star voting.
With fans having until 10 p.m., MDT on Thursday to cast final votes, Arenado has nearly a one-million vote lead on the Cubs Kris Bryant for the starting spot at third base for the NL in this year's All-Star Game, which will be played July 17 at Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Arenado had 2,326,711 votes in the totals announced on Monday, 956,086 ahead of Bryant.
Two other Rockies were listed in voting totals released this week. Charlie Blackmon was fourth in the race for the three outfield spots, 467,114 votes behind Bryce Harper of the Nationals for the third outfield spot.
Trevor Story is a distant fourth at shortstop, where Brandon Crawford of the Giants is the leader.
The closest votes in the NL are at catcher, where Buster Posey of the Giants has a 144,409 lead on Wilson Contreras of the Cubs (1,384,631 to 1,240,132), and second base where Ozzie Albies of the Braves leads Scooter Gennett of the Reds by 168,792 (1,857,185 to 1,689,393).
The Cubs do not have a player leading in voting at any position. Their leading candidates are catcher Contreras, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and third baseman Bryant, second in voting' second baseman Javier Baez and shortstop Addison Russell, third, and outfielders Jason Heyward, Kyle Schwarber and Ben Zobrist, who rank seventh, eighth and ninth.
NL Top Vote-Getters
|1. Buster Posey, Giants: 1,384,631|
|2. Willson Contreras, Cubs: 1,240,132|
|3. Kurt Suzuki, Braves: 1,174,470|
|4. Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 913,149|
|5. J.T. Realmuto, Marlins: 818,925|
|1. Freddie Freeman, Braves: 2,905,301|
|2. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs: 1,178,915|
|3. Brandon Belt, Giants: 802,027|
|4. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers: 661,485|
|5. Joey Votto, Reds: 479,803|
|1. Ozzie Albies, Braves: 1,857,185|
|2. Scooter Gennett, Reds: 1,689,393|
|3. Javier Baez, Cubs: 1,586,888|
|4. Joe Panik, Giants: 493,573|
|5. Logan Forsythe, Dodgers: 379,325|
|1. Nolan Arenado, Rockies: 2,326,711|
|2. Kris Bryant, Cubs: 1,370,631|
|3. Johan Camargo, Braves: 868,860|
|4. Eugenio Suarez, Reds: 601,219|
|5. Justin Turner, Dodgers: 496,912|
|1. Brandon Crawford, Giants: 2,303,516|
|2. Dansby Swanson, Braves: 1,162,263|
|3. Addison Russell, Cubs: 1,026,014|
|4. Trevor Story, Rockies: 820,484|
|5. Chris Taylor, Dodgers: 498,570|
|1. Nick Markakis, Braves: 2,457,648|
|2. Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 2,046,534|
|3. Bryce Harper, Nationals: 1,777,221|
|4. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies: 1,310,107|
|5. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves: 1,204,321|
|6. Ender Inciarte, Braves: 1,101,511|
|7. Jason Heyward, Cubs: 1,018,320|
|8. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs: 939,907|
|9. Ben Zobrist, Cubs: 900,316|
|10. Christian Yelich, Brewers: 708,250|
|11. Odubel Herrera, Phillies: 664,335|
|12. Lorenzo Cain, Brewers: 613,205|
|13. Andrew McCutchen, Giants: 595,907|
|14. Corey Dickerson, Pirates: 540,093|
|15. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers: 509,936|