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AL, NL Update of the main vote on 17 June



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Cody Bellinger has recently put together one of the best start to the season on a two and a half month season, and is now ready to add a new feather to his cap in mid-summer.

The latest MLB All-Star 2019 ballot update, released Monday, sees the Dodgers star in the lead with 2,184,251 votes, closely followed by the League's MVP candidate national. Christian Yelich at 2,065,382. Meanwhile, with the top three voting winners at each position – or the top nine in the outfield – on their way to the next round of voting for next month's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, the Astros, Braves and Cubs are all in a position to send seven players to the runners election, which will run over a 28-hour period beginning at noon ET on June 26th.

This update – the last one before the primary polls will end Friday at 4 pm ET – has also seen several hotly contested positions see potential new finalists: the Indians Carlos Santana (AL 1B), Houston & # 39; s Robinson Chirinos (AL C), brewers Yasmani Grandal (NL C), the Braves & # 39; Josh Donaldson (NL 3B) and Nick Markakis (NL OF). There are also six races where the difference between making the runners' election and not advancing is only about 55,000 votes.

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the pair of superstars who dominated the headlines of the off season, remains out of the Starters' conflict – though Harper is knocking at the door of this cut among the top nine of the field.

Here is a breakdown, position by position, of the results of the second ballot for each league:

AL CATCHERS
1) Gary Sanchez, Yankees – 1,357,340
2) James McCann, White Sox – 580,394
3) Robinson Chirinos, Astros – 487,868
4) Jason Castro, Twins – 444,533
5) Christian Vazquez, Red Sox – 302 686
6) Jonathan Lucroy, Angels – 268,710
7) Roberto Perez, Indians – 176,976
8) Josh Phegley, Athletics – 151,679
9) Mike Zunino, Rays – 128,345
10) Martin Maldonado, Royals – 113,525

NL CATCHERS
1) Willson Contreras, Cubs – 1,555,490
2) Brian McCann, Braves – 725,484
3) Yasmani Grandal, Brewers – 513 412
4) J.T. Realmuto, Phillies – 438,390
5) Yadier Molina, Cardinals – 375 690
6) Austin Barnes, Dodgers – 344,745
7) Tony Wolters, Rocky Mountains – 204,641
8) Wilson Ramos, Mets – 167,879
9) Buster Posey, Giants – 146,905
10) Yan Gomes, Nationals – 101,584

The two catcher positions are straight, the Contreras and Sanchez leaders representing the second and third largest margins at any position in any of the leagues. The two backs have combined for 33 circuits and each of them has an OPS well north of 0.900. But one of the most intriguing races of the AL is behind the plate, where Chirinos has overtaken former Astro Castro since the first ballot and now holds a lead of around 43,000 votes for this crucial third place . Since the last update, Grandal has exceeded Realmuto and Molina to carve a place in the election of starters.

AL FIRST BASE
1) Luke Voit, Yankees – 696,164
2) C.J. Cron, Twins – 586,303
3) Carlos Santana, Indians – 560,836
4) Jose Abreu, White Sox – 517,473
5) Yuli Gurriel, Astros – 433,692
6) Albert Pujols, Angels – 384,322
7) Miguel Cabrera, Tigres – 362,659
8) Edwin Encarnacion, navigators – 205,040
9) Mitch Moreland, Red Sox – 193,609
10) Ji-Man Choi, spokes – 168,723

NL FIRST BASE
1) Josh Bell, Pirates – 1,106,186
2) Freddie Freeman, Braves – 1,022,535
3) Anthony Rizzo, Cubs – 948,047
4) Max Muncy, Dodgers – 446,704
5) Pete Alonso, Mets – 319,256
6) Rhys Hoskins, Phillies – 249,341
7) Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals – 234.176
8) Jesus Aguilar, Brewers – 188,332
9) Eric Hosmer, Padres – 149,749
10) Daniel Murphy, Rockies – 112,317

Bell's escape was one of the best stories of the first half, but Freeman narrowed the lead after collecting more than 130,000 votes on the Pirates star since the first update. Each of them seems sure to be in the top three, but there is a change in the AL, where Santana has passed Abreu and now has a chance to play in front of his home fans in Cleveland. With about 43,000 votes separating Santana and Abreu, this race in third place could well be played.

AL SECOND BASE
1) Tommy La Stella, Angels – 1,020,912
2) Jose Altuve, Astros – 923 117
3) DJ LeMahieu, Yankees – 739,074
4) Jonathan Schoop, Twins – 362,504
5) Whit Merrifield, Royals – 247,903
6) Brandon Lowe, spokes – 237,277
7) Michael Chavis, Red Sox – 236,526
8) Jason Kipnis, Indians – 137,724
9) Dee Gordon, Mariners – 119,799
10) Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox– 110 786

NL SECOND BASE
1) Ozzie Albies, Braves – 1,011,132
2) Mike Moustakas, Brewers – 966,391
3) Ketel Marte, D-Dos – 554,524
4) Enrique Hernandez, Dodgers – 455,704
5) Cesar Hernandez, Phillies – 424,379
6) Daniel Descalso, Cubs – 410,122
7) Robinson Cano, Mets – 179,750
8) Kolten Wong, Cardinals – 163,237
9) Brian Dozier, Nationals – 156,129
10) Ryan McMahon, Rockies – 109,692

Altuve's four-game winning streak at LA's second base continues to be threatened by the incredible La Stella season. The Halos second baseman has already scored 50% more circuits this year than in the first five seasons of his career. Altuve, injured (left thigh), has not occupied the position for Houston since May 10. Moustakas continues to give Albies a big boost at the top of the NL standings in his first qualifying season at second base.

AL THIRD BASE
1) Alex Bregman, Astros – 1,322,935
2) Gio Urshela, Yankees – 502,614
3) Hunter Dozier, Royals – 424,028
4) Rafael Devers, Red Sox – 335.635
5) Marwin Gonzalez, Twins – 290,264
6) Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays – 269,492
7) Matt Chapman, Athletics – 267,590
8) Yoan Moncada, White Sox – 262,416
9) David Fletcher, Angels – 192,712
10) Jose Ramirez, Indians – 136,766

NL THIRD BASE
1) Nolan Arenado, Rockies – 1,475,825
2) Kris Bryant, Cubs – 850,758
3) Josh Donaldson, Braves – 550,947
4) Justin Turner, Dodgers – 512,237
5) Anthony Rendon, Nationals – 378,761
6) Manny Machado, Padres – 207,354
7) Eduardo Escobar, D-Dos – 185,561
8) Travis Shaw Brewers – 148,322
9) Maikel Franco, Phillies – 138,948
10) Matt Carpenter, Cardinals – 132,248

Donaldson overtook Turner for third and last place in a scorching corner of the NL, but the gap between these two players remains one of the smallest fights among the top three among the two leagues. At the same time, Bregman's advance of about 820,000 votes over Bregman is the largest of all positions in the two leagues, another mark of the rising star of the Astros' third base player. Arenado has extended its lead over Bryant by nearly 250,000 votes since the first update of the ballot.

AL SHORTSTOP
1) Jorge Polanco, Twins – 818,082
2) Carlos Correa, Astros – 656,995
3) Gleyber Torres, Yankees – 565,728
4) Tim Anderson, White Sox – 510,337
5) Francisco Lindor, Indians – 460 952
6) Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox – 410,134
7) Andrelton Simmons, Angels – 274.181
8) Elvis Andrus, Rangers – 166.275
9) Adalberto Mondesi, Royals – 148,843
10) Willy Adames, Rays – 126,583

NL SHORTSTOP
1) Javier Baez, Cubs – 1,672,062
2) Dansby Swanson, Braves – 764,663
3) Corey Seager, Dodgers – 494,546
4) History of Trevor, Rocky Mountains – 457,159
5) Jean Segura, Phillies – 286,287
6) Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres – 246.374
7) Orlando Arcia Brewers – 233,953
8) Paul DeJong, Cardinals – 195,357
9) Trea Turner, Nationals – 150,392
10) Jose Iglesias, the reds – 134,143

Lindor still needs the help of Cleveland's followers if they want to see him play at Progressive Field as a starter, but there is still time for the superstar to fill the gap. Seager's placement on the wounded list could also help Story fill its deficit of about 37,000 votes for third and last place.

AL OUTFIELD
1) Mike Trout, Angels – 1,904,273
2) George Springer, Astros – 1,495,817
3) Michael Brantley, Astros – 924 173
4) Austin Meadows, Rays – 887,946
5) Mookie Betts, Red Sox – 777,642
6) Eddie Rosario, twins – 687,515
7) Aaron Judge, Yankees – 577,640
8) Joey Gallo, Rangers – 537,934
9) Josh Reddick, Astros – 511 903
10) Max Kepler, Twins – 435,789
11) Byron Buxton, Twins – 418,287
12) Brett Gardner, Yankees – 259,179
13) Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox – 258,476
14) Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox – 234,302
15) Tommy Pham, Rays – 223 250
16) Aaron Hicks, Yankees – 221,578
17) Trey Mancini, Orioles – 206,620
18) Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers – 194,328
19) Kole Calhoun, Angels – 168,971
20) Kevin Kiermaier, Rays – 158,609

NL OUTFIELD
1) Cody Bellinger, Dodgers – 2,184,251
2) Christian Yelich, Brewers – 2,065,382
3) Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves – 1,229,200
4) Albert Almora Jr., Cubs – 645,291
5) Jason Heyward, Cubs – 614,823
6) Nick Markakis, Braves – 614,358
7) Joc Pederson, Dodgers – 598,909
8) Kyle Schwarber, Cubs – 585,997
9) Charlie Blackmon, Rockies – 530,342
10) Bryce Harper, Phillies – 498,100
11) Alex Verdugo, Dodgers – 437.115
12) Ender Inciarte, Braves – 332.134
13) Juan Soto, nationals – 302,375
14) Lorenzo Cain, Brewers – 282,069
15) Marcell Ozuna, Cardinals – 275,590
16) Melky Cabrera, Pirates – 252,384
17) Scott Kingery, Phillies – 233,131
18) Andrew McCutchen, Phillies – 224,871
19) Ryan Braun Brewers – 221,172
20) Jeff McNeil, Mets – 205,542

Harper is about 32,000 Blackmoners for this ninth and final outfield spot in NL, marking the closest battle between the Majors for a spot in the runners' election. Meanwhile, Markakis climbed to sixth place on the senior circuit to allow rookie Verdugo out of the top nine. The MVP race between Bellinger and Yelich was one of the most important the the scenarios of the first half, and they are rightly the first two winners of the majors' votes.

In LA, Brantley beat Meadows to 3rd and the Astros currently have three potential starters in the top nine. Trout remains the leader of AL's votes, with a strong Springer lead behind him despite being out of action since May 24th.

DESIGNATED HUNTER
1) J.D. Martinez, Red Sox – 893,689
2) Hunter Pence, Rangers – 602,766
3) Nelson Cruz, Twins – 506,211
4) Shohei Ohtani, Angels – 362,947
5) Aledmys Diaz, Astros – 353,015
6) Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees – 295,326
7) Avis Garcia, Rays – 282.170
8) Khris Davis, Athletics – 251.191
9) Daniel Vogelbach, Mariners – 237,238
10) Yonder Alonso, White Sox – 147,177

Martinez has opened his lead over the reigning pioneer as the Red Sox star looks for a second consecutive selection in the All-Star Game. Ohtani was recently dazzled by his first career round, but he still has work to do to catch Cruz and qualify for third and last place for the Election Starters.

Fans can vote in "The Primary" on MLB.com and in the 30 club sites, in the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark apps up to five times per 24 hour period. Fans in the United States and Canada can also vote on Google Search for each position, or up to 17 unique players per day, by searching for "MLB Vote" or the names of their favorite players. The main vote closes at 4 pm HE on Friday.

The top three voting winners at each position (including nine players) per league will move to "The Starters Election", which will begin at noon ET on Wednesday, June 26th. The votes will be reset for a 28-hour voting period ending at 4 pm ET on Thursday, June 27th. Participants in the Classic Midsummer Classic 2019 will be announced on ESPN that night at 7 AM. Launchers and Reservists will be announced on Sunday, June 30 at 5:30 pm. AND.

Then, on Tuesday, July 9th, at the 2019 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, fans will be able to visit MLB.com and the 30 club sites to submit their picks for the most valuable Ted Williams player presented by Chevrolet.

The 90th edition of the Mid-Summer Classic, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the US, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. The MLB, MLB.com and SiriusXM networks will also provide full Star Week coverage. For more information on MLB Star Week and to buy tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social networks.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com, based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.


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