Albert Pujols Injury May Affect NL All-Star Voting

Today, another update on National League All-Star voting was released by MLB, but after the injury to leading votegetter Albert Pujols, there’s a catch:

Major League Baseball rules stipulate that if a player is voted by fans to start the All-Star Game, but is unavailable to play due to injury, then the starter at that position shall be the player other than him who finishes highest on the Player Ballot.

Pujols still leads all NL first basemen with 2,806,864 votes. The next leading votegetters at first base are the RedsJoey Votto with 2,270,211 and the BrewersPrince Fielder with 2,066,327. If voting continues this way, Pujols would be elected but not play due to the injury, and Votto would start.

Other leaders at their positions in the NL: second base, Brandon Phillips of the Reds, about 200,000 votes ahead of Milwaukee’s Rickie Weeks; shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies, about 300,000 ahead of the MetsJose Reyes; third base, Placido Polanco of the Phillies, who has virtually clinched, more than a million votes ahead of the BravesChipper Jones; Brian McCann of Atlanta at catcher, about 500,000 ahead of Yadier Molina of the Cardinals, and Ryan Braun, Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday in the outfield. Braun leads all NL votegetters with 3,034,057 votes.

You can vote at MLB.com and at all 30 team sites, up to 25 times, until June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Rosters will be announced during the 2011 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 3.

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