MLB All-Star Voting 2014: End Date and Time, Latest Projected Leaders

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2014

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 13: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prepares to bat in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 13, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Daniel Shirey/Getty Images

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

Final Update on AL Vote Leaders
PositionPlayerTeamVotes
CMatt WietersBaltimore Orioles2,103,385
1BMiguel CabreraDetroit Tigers3,323,380
2BRobinson CanoSeattle Mariners2,474,924
3BJosh DonaldsonOakland Athletics 2,943,332
SSDerek JeterNew York Yankees2,924,686
OFJose BautistaToronto Blue Jays4,460,245
OFMike TroutLos Angeles Angels4,085,647
OF Yoenis CespedesOakland Athletics1,941,553
DHNelson CruzBaltimore Orioles2,944,267
Vote totals via the last update on Monday, June 30 (MLB.com)

 

National League Leaders

Final Update on NL Vote Leaders
PositionPlayerTeamVotes
CYadier MolinaSt. Louis Cardinals3,100,939
1BPaul GoldschmidtArizona Diamondbacks2,582,955
2BChase UtleyPhiladelphia Phillies2,436,143
3BAramis RamirezMilwaukee Brewers1,790,777
SSTroy TulowitzkiColorado Rockies 3,997,477
OFAndrew McCutchenPittsburgh Pirates3,173,810
OFCarlos GomezMilwaukee Brewers3,169,748
OFYasiel PuigLos Angeles Dodgers3,001,907
Vote numbers via the last update on Tuesday, July 1 (MLB.com)

 

Analysis 

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 05:  Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros hits a two-run double in the eighth inning of their game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on June 5, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Scott Halleran/Getty Images

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:

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.

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 18:  Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox hits a two-run homer against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning on June 18,  2014 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
David Banks/Getty Images

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.

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 18: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins hits a home run during the first inning of the game against the Chicago Cubs  at Marlins Park on June 18, 2014 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
Rob Foldy/Getty Images

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?

 

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