Stuff those ballot boxes, folks—the MLB All-Star Game voting is coming to a close.
If you have a favorite player you want to see in the game—or know of a deserving player getting snubbed—you better get those votes in. In case you were wondering about the deadline to submit your ballot, or were wondering which players out there might get snubbed, you've come to the right place.
End Date: Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 3.
Where to Vote: The All-Star Game ballot can be found here.
American League Leaders
|C||Matt Wieters||Baltimore Orioles||2,103,385|
|1B||Miguel Cabrera||Detroit Tigers||3,323,380|
|2B||Robinson Cano||Seattle Mariners||2,474,924|
|3B||Josh Donaldson||Oakland Athletics||2,943,332|
|SS||Derek Jeter||New York Yankees||2,924,686|
|OF||Jose Bautista||Toronto Blue Jays||4,460,245|
|OF||Mike Trout||Los Angeles Angels||4,085,647|
|OF||Yoenis Cespedes||Oakland Athletics||1,941,553|
|DH||Nelson Cruz||Baltimore Orioles||2,944,267|
Vote totals via the last update on Monday, June 30 (MLB.com)
National League Leaders
|C||Yadier Molina||St. Louis Cardinals||3,100,939|
|1B||Paul Goldschmidt||Arizona Diamondbacks||2,582,955|
|2B||Chase Utley||Philadelphia Phillies||2,436,143|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||Milwaukee Brewers||1,790,777|
|SS||Troy Tulowitzki||Colorado Rockies||3,997,477|
|OF||Andrew McCutchen||Pittsburgh Pirates||3,173,810|
|OF||Carlos Gomez||Milwaukee Brewers||3,169,748|
|OF||Yasiel Puig||Los Angeles Dodgers||3,001,907|
Vote numbers via the last update on Tuesday, July 1 (MLB.com)
Ultimately, All-Star Game voting is a popularity contest, we all know that. But every now and again, players are shockingly overlooked.
Take Jose Altuve, for example. Sure, he's unnoticed on the Houston Astros because they stink, but all he has done this season is hit .347 with 42 runs scored, 26 RBI and 37 stolen bases. He leads the American League in both batting average and stolen bases, yet if he is going to make this team, it will likely be the doing of John Farrell.
It's sort of ridiculous the fans aren't giving Altuve more love. Just consider the following from ESPN Stats and Information:
Astros 2B Jose Altuve hit .411 in June. He had 39 base hits, swung and missed at only 18 pitches— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 1, 2014
The dude is on fire. Unfortunately, much of the public hasn't seemed to notice.
Still, most of the players leading the ballot at their respective positions in the American League are justified selections, outside of Derek Jeter (whom we can all live with earning his "lifetime achievement" votes before he retires).
Miguel Cabrera isn't having an MVP season to this point, but he's been quite good. Josh Donaldson is having a big year. Mike Trout is a no-brainer, while Jose Bautista and Yoenis Cespedes are worthy outfield choices. Nelson Cruz is raking it for the Baltimore Orioles.
If you were looking for snubs outside of Altuve, shortstop Alexei Ramirez, first baseman Jose Abreu and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion come to mind. But generally speaking, voters in the American League are mostly on the right track.
In the National League, Jonathan Lucroy has a strong case that he should be the starter at catcher given his big offensive season. Still, Yadier Molina is the game's best defensive catcher, is quite popular and is no slouch at the dish, so it isn't shocking he leads the votes.
Chase Utley is a bit of a surprise at second base, however. While the Philly veteran is having a nice year, it's hard to ignore Dee Gordon's 40 stolen bases for the Los Angeles Dodgers. But Utley has the numbers to justify his selection.
At third base, Aramis Ramirez of the Milwaukee Brewers is certainly better known than Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds, but he isn't having the better season. Both are hitting .287, but Frazier has six more home runs and seven more RBI, has scored 25 more runs and has stolen 10 more bases.
Frazier, at least, has the right perspective on the whole thing, as he told C. Trent Rosecrans of Cincinnati.com:
'I think it's really cool even to be considered,' Frazier said. 'I wish we had about two more weeks left. You never know, things can happen. Maybe we'll get the Cincinnati fans to keep going, keep pushing.'
At the very least, Frazier has support in his own clubhouse. Right fielder Ryan Ludwick said he believes Frazier will get into the game based on the players' ballots, which were filled out this past weekend.
'He's getting in regardless,' Ludwick said while Frazier was being interviewed.
That's good to hear—Frazier deserves a place in the game.
After that, there aren't really any snubs. Troy Tulowitzki is ripping the cover off the ball again this year and deserves his place at shortstop. Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Gomez and Yasiel Puig are all having excellent years.
While in a perfect world Giancarlo Stanton would trump one of them in the voting—the man is crushing the ball this year—it's hard to complain about any of the starting outfield choices.
For the most part, the fans are getting this right, and it should be a very competitive and exciting game. There will be an excellent mix of familiar faces and bright young superstars, even if some of them like Altuve and Frazier have to start the game on the bench.
But hey, that just means we'll get the best of both worlds—the popularity that many fans enjoy and the exhibition of the game's best players that the stat junkies crave. Hard to beat that, right?