Brian McCann Takes Over NL All-Star Voting Lead At Catcher

With the season-ending injury to the GiantsBuster Posey, the NL was going to need a new catcher for the All-Star team, presuming Posey might be voted onto the team anyway.

Voters, though, have taken things into their own hands; knowing that Posey can’t play, they have now given the BravesBrian McCann the balloting lead, 1,123,943 votes to Posey’s 1,065,983.

Leaders at other positions continue to be the same as last week: Albert Pujols at 1B, Brandon Phillips at 2B, Troy Tulowitzki at SS, Placido Polanco at 3B, and Ryan Braun, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman in the outfield. The closest race is between Pujols and the RedsJoey Votto; Votto trails by only 168,565 votes (1,479,320 to 1,310,755).

The lead that Placido Polanco holds at third base (1,303,817 to the Braves’ Chipper Jones, 872,052) can be explained only by the fact that Polanco’s competitors are either old (Jones) or injured (Pablo Sandoval, David Wright). Polanco is a decent player, but his .765 OPS is pretty pedestrian. Or maybe it’s because the Phillies are leading the NL in attendance by a significant margin; averaging more than 45,000 per date, that’s a lot of ballots filled out at Citizens Bank Park.

Voting continues at major league ballparks online at MLB.com and the 30 team websites through June 24. After June 24 and through June 30, voting will be exclusively online.

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