NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING UPDATE

I’m loving that six Reds rank among the leaders, including @DatDudeBP leading all second basemen!  But we have some work cut out for us tomorrow at the #VoteRedsLunch! (Updated rankings are below the press release)

From MLB…

PUJOLS, TULOWITZKI LEAD N.L. IN FIRST ALL-STAR BALLOTING UPDATE
Braun Paces Group of Outfielders; Six Clubs Represented Among Leaders

Nine-time National League All-Star Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, who led the National League in All-Star voting in 2010, is the N.L.’s leading vote-getter in the first N.L. balloting figures for the 82nd All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 12th at Chase Field.

Pujols, a three-time N.L. MVP and five-time fan-elected starter, has started at first base in each of the previous two Midsummer Classics, and has received 988,784 votes, ahead of the N.L.’s reigning MVP, Joey Votto (806,346) of the Cincinnati Reds. Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies leads the way at shortstop, ranking second overall in the N.L. with 975,777 votes. Tulowitzki, who was selected to his first All-Star Game in 2010, ranks ahead of Philadelphia’s Jimmy Rollins (454,782). At second base, Brandon Phillips (837,778) of the Reds, who is seeking his second All-Star selection and first as a starter, ranks ahead of Milwaukee’s Rickie Weeks (562,071). Rounding out the infield at third base is Placido Polanco (724,724) of the Philadelphia Phillies, who holds a lead over Atlanta’s Chipper Jones (540,168). Behind the plate, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (785,314) leads 2010 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Brian McCann (633,987) of the Braves.

The N.L. outfield is led by Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, who has totaled 971,809 votes, slightly behind Pujols and Tulowitzki for the N.L. lead. Braun, who has started in the N.L. outfield in each of the last three seasons, is joined by Cardinals teammates Matt Holliday (927,778) and Lance Berkman (872,434), who rank second and third among outfielders, respectively. Holliday, a four-time All-Star, is seeking his first All- Star start while Berkman, the N.L. starting first baseman at the 2008 Midsummer Classic, has represented the N.L. five times during his career. Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a fan-elected starter in 2010, ranks fourth among outfielders with 776,971 votes, followed by his teammate Matt Kemp (549,215) and Jason Heyward (484,291) of the Braves. MLB All-Star FanFest official spokesperson and 2009 N.L. All-Star Justin Upton of the hometown Arizona Diamondbacks currently ranks 10th among outfielders with 338,487 votes.

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game Balloting Program is the largest of its kind in professional sports. More than 20 million Firestone All-Star ballots will be distributed at the 30 Major League ballparks, each of which will have 23 home dates for balloting, and in approximately 100 Minor League ballparks. Every Major League Club began its in-stadium balloting no later than Tuesday, May 10th.

Fans around the world can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint, which offers English and Spanish-language versions of the online ballot as well as audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually-impaired fans. When the in-stadium phase of balloting concludes on Friday, June 24th, fans will have the opportunity to cast their ballots exclusively online at MLB.com and the 30 Club Web sites until Thursday, June 30th at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

Firestone, the official tire of MLB, is once again the exclusive sponsor of the 2011 In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program. The ballot features an All-Star sweepstakes, in which a winner will win a trip for two to MLB All-Star Week, including hotel, airfare, tickets to the All-Star Game and other MLB All-Star Week events, and a set of four Firestone tires.

Scotts, the official lawn care company of MLB, is once again the sponsor of the retail All-Star Balloting Program, which began on May 10th at more than 1,700 Lowes stores across the country. The Scotts ballot features an All-Star sweepstakes, where a winner and one guest will win a trip to the MLB All-Star Week including hotel, airfare, tickets to the All-Star Game, and a $500 MasterCard gift card.

Banco BHD sponsors All-Star balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballots available online at lasmayores.com, the official Spanish-language Web site of Major League Baseball, and at All- Star balloting terminals across more than 80 branches, through June 30th.

The 2011 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 3rd on the 2011 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. The American League All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the National League All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads – totaling 25 for the N.L. and 24 for the A.L. – will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All- Star managers – National League manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants and American League skipper Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers – in conjunction with Major League Baseball.

Immediately following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters on Sunday, July 3rd, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over a four-day period and the winners will be announced after the voting concludes on Thursday, July 7th. Now in its seventh year, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on their mobile phones, courtesy of Sprint.

The 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/5:00 p.m. (PDT). ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or dbacks.com/asg.

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FIRST BASE
1. Albert Pujols 988,784
2. Joey Votto 806,346
3. Prince Fielder 540,269
4. Ryan Howard 521, 220
5. Freddie Freeman 200,886

SECOND BASE
1. Brandon Phillips 837,778
2. Rickie Weeks 562,071
3. Chase Utley 561,585
4. Dan Uggla 465,219
5. Freddy Sanchez 347,713

THIRD BASE
1. Placido Polanco 724,724
2. Chipper Jones 540,168
3. Pablo Sandoval 522,037
4. David Wright 500,200
5. Scott Rolen 370,271

SHORTSTOP
1. Troy Tulowitzki 975,777
2. Jimmy Rollins 454,782
3. Jose Reyes 408,699
4. Alex Gonzalez 328,021
5. Stephen Drew 303,811

CATCHERS
1. Buster Posey 785,314
2. Brian McCann 633,987
3. Yadier Molina 595,576
4. Carlos Ruiz 354,680
5. Ramon Hernandez 350,771

OUTFIELDERS
1. Ryan Braun 971,809
2. Matt Holliday 927,778
3. Lance Berkman 872,434
4. Andre Ethier 776,971
5. Matt Kemp 549,215
6. Jason Heyward 484, 291
7. Shane Victorino 476,644
8. Carlos Beltran 389,561
9. Alfonso Soriano 354,231
10. Justin Upton 338,487
11. Carlos Gonzalez 337,728
12. Jay Bruce 337,380
13. Raul Ibanez 294,294
14. Drew Stubbs 292,907
15. Martin Prado 284,558

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