Latest All-Star balloting results: Utley, Rollins, Werth and Polly in front
The biggest news for Phillies fans regarding the latest All-Star voting results? Jimmy Rollins remains in front of Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino has dropped out of the top 3 in the outfield and Carlos Ruiz is gaining on Yadier Molina.
(Oh, and ATL's Jason Heyward closing in on passing Victorino, too).
For your convenience, I bolded all of the Phillies, their vote totals and the totals of the player closest to them in the balloting. Happy voting.
Here is the latest direct from MLB:
Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Andre Ethier, who is seeking his first career All-Star Game selection, has joined the National League’s leading outfielders in the second N.L. balloting update for the 81st All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 13th at Angel Stadium of Anaheim .
Andre Ethier, who was activated on Monday after a brief stint on the disabled list, ranks third among N.L. outfielders with 606,514 votes. Andre, who was selected the Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Year Presented by Pepsi in 2009, leads the Majors with eight walk-off hits since the beginning of the 2009 season, and has compiled a .376 batting average this season. Ethier is joined in the outfield by the leader at the position, Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (693,460), who ranks second in the N.L. with 63 hits and 39 runs scored, and Philadelphia’s Jayson Werth (629,894), who leads the Majors with 22 doubles. Werth’s Philadelphia teammate Shane Victorino, one of last week’s leaders, now is a close fourth with 566,434 votes, followed by Atlanta Braves rookie Jason Heyward, who has totaled 550,147 votes.
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (548,629), a three-time All-Star and a fan-elected starter in 2002, continues to hold a slight lead over Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez (526,890), a fan-elected starter in each of the last two Midsummer Classics.
Rollins is joined up the middle by double-play partner Chase Utley, who holds a commanding lead at second base and remains the N.L.’s leading vote-getter with 1,103,430 overall votes, ahead of eight-time All-Star first baseman Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Pujols, who finished as the Major League’s balloting leader in 2009, has totaled 1,006,149 votes, outpacing two-time N.L. All-Star Ryan Howard (532,729) of the Phillies at the star-studded position. Rounding out the N.L. infield with 500,293 votes is third baseman Placido Polanco of the Phillies, who has maintained his lead over David Wright (377,815) of the New York Mets and Milwaukee’s Casey McGehee (329,675), the N.L.’s leader with 41 RBI.
Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina, who is seeking his second consecutive start behind the dish for the N.L., has received 494,517 votes, maintaining a slim lead over Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (416,585) and 14-time All-Star Ivan Rodriguez (403,874) of the Washington Nationals.