With the Midsummer Classic set to take place on July 14 at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, MLB announced its first All-Star voting ballot update Wednesday. To little surprise, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez holds a comfortable lead among players at his position, though is the only Dodger player who currently would start in the All-Star game.
Gonzalez already has 929,016 votes, which is nearly 500,00 more than Chicago Cubs first baseman and No. 2 vote-getter at the position, Anthony Rizzo, who has received 489,016 votes. Gonzalez holds NL’s second highest batting average at .344 and has hit 10 home runs and 35 RBIs. On Tuesday he became the 12th active player to reach the 1,000 career RBIs milestone.
The other seven Dodgers who were on the ballot, which may soon be six with the recent trade speculation surrounding Juan Uribe, aren’t faring nearly as well as Gonzalez.
Rookie center fielder Joc Pederson has collected the second most votes among Dodgers with 390,885, putting him at sixth among NL outfielders behind Bryce Harper (1,116,582 votes), Matt Holliday (979,008 votes), Giancarlo Stanton (746,926 votes), Nori Aoki (441,407 votes) and Angel Pagan (413,843 votes).
Although having only played in 11 games this season, Yasiel Puig is 13th with 322,756 votes. Howie Kendrick, who is currently batting .298, is in third place among second basemen with 385,427 votes and sits behind former Dodger Dee Gordon (934,249 votes) and Kolten Wong (582,238 votes).
As for Yasmani Grandal and Jimmy Rollins, the two Dodgers have not pushed through to the top five in their positions. Although currently on the seven-day concussion disabled list, the Dodgers catcher had an unbelievable start to the month of May with a .400 batting average and a 1.152 OPS, and could be a dark horse candidate if he can continue this high-caliber play once he returns.
Carl Crawford, also on the disabled listed, did not scrape the top 15 among NL outfielders, but voting will continue until July 2 leaving each Dodger on the ballot with over a month to make up more ground. Or in Gonzalez’s case, to build on an impressive lead. Voting can be completed online by clicking here.