Puig leaps into lead in NL outfield voting
Tulowitzki remains top vote-getter, Stanton moves up in outfield, race at first tightens
The closest races from last week's National League All-Star ballot update took a turn over the course of the past six days, with shakeups occurring at the top outfield spots and in the race at first base.
The leader at each infield position -- including catcher -- remained the same, but Dodgers star Yasiel Puig (935,276) made an astronomical jump from fifth to first in the outfield voting. He now leads a field that includes Charlie Blackmon (last week's top outfield vote-getter, now with 883,186 votes) and Giancarlo Stanton (863,307) as the outfielders currently in position to start.
Stanton leads the league in home runs (16) and RBIs (51).
Defending NL Most Valuable Player Andrew McCutchen (823,862), who was in second place last week, is on the outside looking in, and the Brewers' Carlos Gomez (819,385) occupies the fifth spot. His teammate Ryan Braun (750,672) is in sixth. The top three last week were Blackmon, McCutchen and Braun.
The only other significant flip-flop came in the race for first base, which was a close one last week. The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez (647,826) still leads, but it's Colorado's Justin Morneau (525,614) who is now in second place ahead of Atlanta's Freddie Freeman (511,177), who occupied the No. 2 spot last week.
The top overall vote-getter remains Rockies superstar shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (1,419,718), who jumped out ahead of the field early in the voting and maintains a huge lead that is approaching one million. He and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (1,210,579) are the only two NL players who have received more than one million votes. Tulowitzki -- who led the league in batting average (.350) and WAR (4.5) entering play on Tuesday -- remains the top vote-getter in either league, just ahead of the Angels' Mike Trout (1,361,649) and the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista (1,351,896).
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Aside from the outfield, the closest NL race is at third base, where Colorado's Nolan Arenado (590,745) continues to lead the pack. But David Wright (565,982) of the Mets moved into second place and is on his heels, followed by the Brewers' Aramis Ramirez (472,321), the Giants' Pablo Sandoval (463,050) and the Dodgers' Juan Uribe (436,776).
Both Arenado and his teammate Blackmon are aiming for their first All-Star appearances.
As was the case last week, the Phillies' Chase Utley (974,196) has a solid lead for the starting second-base spot ahead of the Dodgers' Dee Gordon (530,289). Meanwhile, the Giants' Brandon Crawford (446,937) and Buster Posey (766,356) have quite a ways to go to catch front-runners Tulowitkzi and Molina, respectively.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTE LEADERS
1. Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 1,210,579
2. Buster Posey, Giants: 766,356
3. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers: 522,310
4. Evan Gattis, Braves: 388,548
5. Devin Mesoraco, Reds: 258,528
1. Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers: 647,826
2. Justin Morneau, Rockies: 525,614
3. Freddie Freeman, Braves: 511,177
4. Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs: 490,659
5. Brandon Belt, Giants: 421,900
1. Chase Utley, Phillies: 974,196
2. Dee Gordon, Dodgers: 530,289
3. Neil Walker, Pirates: 365,050
4. Brandon Phillips, Reds: 304,541
5. Daniel Murphy, Mets: 298,611
1. Nolan Arenado, Rockies: 590,745
2. David Wright, Mets: 565,982
3. Aramis Ramirez, Brewers: 472,321
4. Pablo Sandoval, Giants: 463,050
5. Juan Uribe, Dodgers: 436,776
1. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 1,419,718
2. Brandon Crawford, Giants: 446,937
3. Jean Segura, Brewers: 403,259
4. Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers: 366,355
5. Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals: 347,854
1. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers: 935,276
2. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies: 883,186
3. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins: 863,307
4. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: 823,862
5. Carlos Gomez, Brewers: 819,385
6. Ryan Braun, Brewers: 750,672
7. Justin Upton, Braves: 556,305
8. Angel Pagan, Giants: 536,006
9. Michael Morse, Giants: 501,711
10. Hunter Pence, Giants: 463,266
11. Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 406,720
12. Michael Cuddyer, Rockies: 357,277
13. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: 332,600
14. Khris Davis, Brewers: 329,744
15. Bryce Harper, Nationals: 314,860