2012 MLB All-Star Voting: Four Rangers Lead Way

The American League voting results for the 2012 All-Star Game have been released, and there are a few changes. But the Rangers are still likely going to dominate the starting lineup if everything continues as it has been. The starters if the balloting were to end today:

C - Mike Napoli (TEX)
1B - Prince Fielder (DET)
2B - Ian Kinsler (TEX)
SS - Derek Jeter (NYY)
3B - Adrian Beltre (TEX)
OF - Josh Hamilton (TEX)
OF - Curtis Granderson (NYY)
OF - Jose Bautista (TOR)

Hamilton has the most votes of anyone on the ballot, and it isn't especially close -- his 5.4 million votes are almost double those of the next-closest outfielder (Granderson), and he has two million more votes than the next-closest player (Jeter).

The last time the voting totals were released, Bautista was in fourth place, behind Nelson Cruz. And the closest race is at second base, where Ian Kinsler leads Robinson Cano by just over 15,000 votes, so don't get too excited or fearful over a Rangers-dominated lineup just yet.

Full voting, from MLB.com:

FIRST BASE
Prince Fielder, Tigers: 1,946,045
Paul Konerko, White Sox: 1,680,793
Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 1,405,187
Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 1,202,724
Albert Pujols, Angels: 1,047,722

SECOND BASE
Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 2,580,306
Robinson Cano, Yankees: 2,565,046
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 1,331,657
Jason Kipnis, Indians: 615,409
Robert Andino, Orioles: 554,717

THIRD BASE
Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 2,251,304
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 1,869,727
Evan Longoria, Rays: 1,442,308
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 1,312,968
Mike Moustakas, Royals: 651,403

SHORTSTOP
Derek Jeter, Yankees: 3,359,875
Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 2,008,678
J.J. Hardy, Orioles: 968,963
Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians: 789,069
Alcides Escobar, Royals: 584,547

CATCHER
Mike Napoli, Rangers: 2,239,047
Joe Mauer, Twins: 1,283,804
Matt Wieters, Orioles: 1,242,247
A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox: 1,048,603
Russell Martin, Yankees: 867,495

DESIGNATED HITTER
David Ortiz, Red Sox: 2,390,132
Michael Young, Rangers: 1,892,150
Raul Ibañez, Yankees: 1,080,421
Adam Dunn, White Sox: 979,447
Edwin Encarnación, Blue Jays: 830,341

OUTFIELD
Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 5,414,880
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 2,818,535
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 1,996,940
Adam Jones, Orioles: 1,959,207
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 1,944,487
David Murphy, Rangers: 1,229,190
Nick Swisher, Yankees: 1,177,500
Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 823,568
Brett Gardner, Yankees: 818,164
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 795,665
B.J. Upton, Rays: 753,581
Austin Jackson, Tigers: 741,877
Nick Markakis, Orioles: 696,720
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 631,899
Alex Gordon, Royals: 609,890

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