MLB All-Star Voting Results 2015: Leaders, Selections and Projected Lineup

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 5, 2015

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) bats during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 9-3. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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The All-Star Game starters have been announced and if you disagree with any of the selections, you only have your fellow fans to blame.

While the list of pitchers and reserves will be released Monday after consideration from player votes and manager decisions, the position players in the starting lineup all came down to fan voting. This led to a wide variety of selections, including four players from the Kansas City Royals. Then again, we were close to getting many more from the reigning American League champions.

Here is a full look at the starters for each league. 

MLB All-Star Game Starters
American League
Pos.PlayerTeam
CSalvador PerezKansas City Royals
1BMiguel CabreraDetroit Tigers
2BJose AltuveHouston Astros
3BJosh DonaldsonToronto Blue Jays
SSAlcides EscobarKansas City Royals
OFMike TroutLos Angeles Angels
OFLorenzo CainKansas City Royals
OFAlex GordonKansas City Royals
DHNelson CruzSeattle Mariners
National League
Pos.PlayerTeam
CBuster PoseySan Francisco Giants
1BPaul GoldschmidtArizona Diamondbacks
2BDee GordonLos Angeles Dodgers
3BTodd FrazierCincinnati Reds
SSJhonny PeraltaSt. Louis Cardinals
OFBryce HarperWashington Nationals
OFGiancarlo StantonMiami Marlins
OFMatt HollidaySt. Louis Cardinals
via MLB.com

 

Regardless of what you thought about some of the fringe choices, there were quite a few who deserved this honor, thanks to outstanding performances over the first half of the season.

Bryce Harper was the leading vote-getter in the National League, going into Sunday night with a .344 batting average and 25 home runs. Of course when he was asked about leading the vote, he only wanted to give credit to others, via Aaron Dodson of the Washington Post:

I have a great team and a lot of people around me that support me. I feel like having the fans we do here, it’s a lot of fun. We have such a bullseye on our backs as a team, as an organization. We’re just trying to go out there, have fun and enjoy it. Those votes, that’s something that I’m proud of. I’m proud to have the fans that I do. I owe a lot to what the fans come out and do for us every single night. They’ve done a great job.

Based on his ridiculous numbers to start the year and the fact he is just 22 years old, you can almost guarantee there will be many more All-Star appearances for the young slugger.

Paul Goldschmidt has put up just as impressive numbers this year, despite maybe getting less press. Still, he is a legitimate threat to win the Triple Crown this season.

Meanwhile, one of the bigger storylines in the NL race was whether Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier would get to start at home over Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals. Although it was extremely close at the latest release point, Frazier ended up getting the starting spot by more than two million votes:

There was just as much drama in the American League with close races all over the field:

In a surprise to many, Josh Donaldson ended up with the most overall votes in the majors. As Baseball Tonight noted, his votes were the most of all time:

Mike Trout and Nelson Cruz also were easy selections after showcasing tons of power—21 home runs each—in the West division over the first half of the season. 

The inclusion of Matt Holliday, Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon will obviously leave questions about the roster, but overall it seems like the fans did a reasonable job of picking the best at each position in the leagues.

Still, one of the big issues concerning the lineups will be the need for injury replacements. Miguel Cabrera and Giancarlo Stanton will both miss the Midsummer Classic due to injuries while Holliday remains questionable, although Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports he intends to play:

Although the official starting lineups won't be announced until the week of the game, we can project a reasonable one using potential injury replacements and a designated hitter for the National League.

Projected Starting Lineups
National LeaguePos.American League
Dee Gordon, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers1Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels
Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants2Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Arizona Diamondbacks3Josh Donaldson, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals4Nelson Cruz, DH, Seattle Mariners
Todd Frazier, 3B, Cincinnati Reds5Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates*6Prince Fielder, 1B, Texas Rangers*
Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis Cardinals7Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals
Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis Cardinals8Lorenzo Cain, OF, Kansas City Royals
A.J. Pollock, DH, Arizona Diamondbacks*9Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals
*Projected addition

No matter who ends up in the final spots, you can be certain they will be worthy of the honor.

 

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