MLB All-Star Voting 2015: Latest Ballot Results Before Roster Reveal

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistJuly 3, 2015

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 25:  Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates after hitting a two run home run in the seventh inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 25, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Voting for the MLB All-Star Game concluded Thursday night, leaving fans waiting until Sunday night's lineup unveiling.

For the most part, the latest results offer a clear picture at who will start the Midsummer Classic. Save for a few close position battles, the leaders have built up comfortable advantages during months of voting.

One such race has the deserving candidate gripping a newly gained lead. In the other two, the better recipients are rapidly closing the gap. Will the last wave of votes pull them ahead?

Courtesy of MLB Communications, here's a look at the latest tallies from Monday, June 29:

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Here is the latest AL voting update for the #ASG: http://t.co/RohHCkw1Qy

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Here is the latest NL voting update for the #ASG: http://t.co/1R4KWnZu1E

Tightest Races

AL 2B: Omar Infante vs. Jose Altuve

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 28:  Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros makes a running catch down the firtst base line on a pop up by Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees in the third inning at Minute Maid Park on June 28, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by
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Stuck in a distant third place, Jason Kipnis clearly deserves to start at second base for the American League. Hitting .347/.420/.514 with a 4.7 fWAR, his needs to be the first name written on the reserve list.

The Cleveland Indians star conceded the election to Cleveland.com's Paul Hoynes:

paul hoynes @hoynsie

2B Jason Kipnis on trailing KC's Omar Infante in All-Star voting despite hitting .346: "I know there's zero chance I'll win it."

Neither Jose Altuve nor Omar Infante merits the starting nod over Kipnis, but Altuve is a far less offensive choice. Brandishing a nauseating .235 on-base percentage, .307 slugging percentage and minus-0.1 fWAR, Infante doesn't deserve to start for the Kansas City Royals.

Starting pitcher Jose Fernandez, who made his season debut Thursday, has hit one more home run than Infante, the current leader to start in a game that determines World Series home-field advantage.

Altuve has predictably taken a step back from last year's breakout but is still hitting .298/.342/.421 with seven long balls and 23 stolen bases. Were Kipnis leading the vote, Altuve would have earned a backup nod anyway.  

AL DH: Nelson Cruz vs. Kendrys Morales

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 18:  Kendrys Morales #25 of the Kansas City Royals hits a RBI single in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Kauffman Stadium on June 18, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Along with third baseman Mike Moustakas, designated hitter Kendrys Morales was one of two Royals to lose their laughable leads. Now they only have five guys in the starting lineup.

Morales is enjoying quite a steady season, batting .285/.348/.466 with 10 homers. Those who still don't see RBI as a byproduct of happenstance and a slugger's surroundings will gush over the 50 runs he's driven in so far.

Kansas City couldn't have asked for anything more from the free-agent flier, who received a second chance despite hitting .218/.274/.338 with a minus-1.8 fWAR last year.

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 26:  Nelson Cruz #23 of the Seattle Mariners hits an RBI double in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 26, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Nelson Cruz is still better. He's fallen back to earth after another fiery start, but the Seattle Mariners' offseason acquisition sports a .307/.370/.557 slash line and 20 homers. His 160 weighted runs created plus (wRC+) rank seventh among qualified position players.

Slotting Cruz alongside Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera and Josh Donaldson would make the AL's starting nucleus much more dangerous.

NL 3B: Matt Carpenter vs. Todd Frazier

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 13: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a RBI single in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium on June 13, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)
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This is the flaw with opening voting so early.

Matt Carpenter represented a perfectly sensible choice a month ago. Now? Not so much.

While the St. Louis Cardinal hit .190 during a homerless June, Todd Frazier and Nolan Arenado crushed everything in sight:

NL's Top 3B in June
Matt Carpenter.190.337.2410
Todd Frazier.287.310.5989
Nolan Arenado.304.319.71412

It's too late for Arenado to mount a comeback, but Frazier trails by 62,980 votes. Considering he gained much more ground in the latest update, he's the best bet to complete a last-second rally.

Starting would be especially fitting with the game taking place in Cincinnati. Frazier expressed his desire to represent the Cincinnati Reds to the Asbury Park Press' Steven Falk.

"That would be one of the best achievements one can have in baseball," Frazier said. "To be a starter in my home city would be one of the coolest things. And to have my family in town to see it, sure would be something I would never forget. It would be a dream come true."

With 25 homers and a .606 slugging percentage, he certainly deserves the honor.

Advanced stats courtesy of FanGraphs.


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