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MLB All-Star Game 2016 Voting: Latest Update on AL and NL Roster Starters

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 14, 2016

Boston Red Sox David Ortiz doffs his cap as he acknowledges fans as he is honored by the Minnesota Twins prior to a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Friday, June 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. Ortiz was to be honored by the Twins before the game as he makes his farewell tour before retiring at the end of the season. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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The latest updates for the 2016 American and National League All-Star teams were released, and the voting looks identical to the one released last week for the AL, with the only close race being for the final starting spot in the outfield.

MLB Communications tweeted out the updated standings that will determine the starters for the July 12 event in San Diego:

MLB Communications @MLB_PR

Crowded race for final outfield spot highlights latest American League All-Star balloting update. https://t.co/PNCdOV09qe

And here are the latest results for the National League:

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez is the leading vote-getter among AL players, which is surprising considering the level of talent in the league but appropriate based on the dearth of quality options at the position and the passion Royals fans have for the team.

For evidence of Kansas City fans' passion, Mike Moustakas has the second-most votes among third basemen. He hasn't played in a game since May 22, when his season ended in a collision with Alex Gordon that left him with a torn ACL.

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is the only other AL player with more than 2 million votes. The 40-year-old is having one of his best seasons, leading the league in on-base percentage (.423) and slugging percentage (.708).

Ortiz's teammate, Jackie Bradley Jr., is riding his breakout season to a potential starting spot in the outfield. He is a distant second to the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout among outfielders, but he does hold a lead of nearly 200,000 votes over Royals star Lorenzo Cain for the No. 2 spot.

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The Royals and Red Sox are currently tied for the most starters in the All-Star Game with three each. Xander Bogaerts is Boston's third representative at shortstop, and Eric Hosmer is holding down first base for Kansas City.

Trout, the Houston Astros' Jose Altuve and the Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado are the only players not from the Red Sox or Royals currently in position to be starting the Midsummer Classic.

The field of candidates to choose from is deep, but it's hard to topple the passion fans in Boston and Kansas City have for their teams. It's also hard to argue with the voting results, though, based on how the position leaders have performed in 2016.

In the National League, it's hardly surprising that the Chicago Cubs are well-represented, as the team has raced out to the best record in baseball (44-19). The team's entire infield (Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell) is currently leading the NL voting, while Dexter Fowler leads all outfielders.

The Cubs could have even more representatives, as Jason Heyward is currently fourth in the outfield voting.

Bryce Harper isn't having his best season to this point (.254 with 13 home runs, 38 RBI and seven stolen bases), but he remains one of baseball's most popular players and bright young stars, so his inclusion in the top three of the outfield voting isn't surprising.

Fan favorite Yadier Molina leads all catchers in votes, while Yoenis Cespedes is having a fine year for the New York Mets (.278 with 16 homers and 40 RBI) and would be a worthy starter in the outfield.

The two biggest snubs in the voting to this point would appear to be Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (.361 with 11 homers and 42 RBI) and Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, who leads the NL in home runs (19) and RBI (54).

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