The latest voting results for the MLB All-Star Game were released Monday as fans try to get their favorite stars as high on the list as possible.
There are only a few days left before voting on this stage ends Friday. Unlike past years, there is a "primary" stage before the top three at each position (plus nine outfielders) compete in a "starters election" from June 26-27.
Considering this is the inaugural year of the new system, we won't know how this alters the eventual starting lineup, but it will be interesting to see how the more recognizable names fare against players in the midst of great seasons.
The top players like Mike Trout and Cody Bellinger will likely be safe regardless of the system.
Bellinger has been arguably the best player in baseball this season with 23 home runs and a major league-best .355 batting average for the Los Angeles Dodgers entering Monday. Mike Trout has been nearly as good, ranking second to Bellinger with a 4.5 WAR, per Baseball Reference.
The bigger question is among less-deserving players with big fanbases, like the Chicago Cubs outfield of Albert Amora Jr., Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber. The ballot stuffing will get them into the next election, but it might not be enough to make them starters.
The New York Yankees also have a top-three vote-getter at each infield spot and catcher, while Aaron Judge ranks seventh among AL outfielders despite appearing in just 20 games this season.
It remains to be seen whether players like Jorge Polanco or Tommy La Stella will stay in front even without much name recognition.