Led by Tulo, three Rockies ahead in NL All-Star vote
Blackmon in front in crowded outfield race with McCutchen, Braun, Stanton, Puig
Troy Tulowitzki is atop the National League in just about every offensive category, and now the Rockies shortstop is leading the league in popularity.
The first ballot update for the NL's starting lineup for the July 15 All-Star Game was released on Wednesday, and Tulowitzki, with 745,823 votes, has more than a 500,000-vote lead over his nearest competitor. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (640,464) is the only other NL player with more than 600,000 votes, while Tulowitzki's teammate, Charlie Blackmon, leads the outfield voting and is third overall with 549,394.
Tulowitzki, hitting .373/.476/.711 with a 1.187 OPS -- all NL highs -- with 14 home runs and 37 RBIs entering play on Wednesday, is a three-time All-Star.
The Rockies shortstop is the second-leading vote-getter in Major League Baseball, trailing only Angels center fielder Mike Trout, who had received 764,007 votes in the American League balloting as of Tuesday.
Along with Tulowitzki and Blackmon, Colorado's Nolan Arenado also narrowly leads the third-base voting with 318,111, more than Milwaukee's Aramis Ramirez (282,843) and New York's David Wright (278,840) have received.
Blackmon and Arenado are vying for their first All-Star appearances, while all the other current leaders have been to the Midsummer Classic.
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Philadelphia's Chase Utley holds a commanding lead at second base, with his 509,390 total surpassing the Dodgers' Dee Gordon by more than 200,000 votes. Molina's lone competition to start behind the dish is Giants catcher Buster Posey, who ranks second at that position with 421,100 votes.
Los Angeles' Adrian Gonzalez leads first basemen with 349,762 votes, with Atlanta's Freddie Freeman (308,961) and Colorado's Justin Morneau (305,327) within striking distance.
Reigning NL Most Valuable Player Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates (467,378) and former MVP Ryan Braun of the Brewers (446,780) join Blackmon among the top three leaders in the outfield, with Miami's Giancarlo Stanton and Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig sitting fourth and fifth, respectively.
NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTE LEADERS
1. Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 640,464
2. Buster Posey, Giants: 421,100
3. Evan Gattis, Braves: 241,005
4. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers: 236,935
5. Devin Mesoraco, Reds: 154,489
1. Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers: 349,762
2. Freddie Freeman, Braves: 308,961
3. Justin Morneau, Rockies: 305,327
4. Brandon Belt, Giants: 228,547
5. Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs: 227,854
1. Chase Utley, Phillies: 509,390
2. Dee Gordon, Dodgers: 304,258
3. Brandon Phillips, Reds: 187,067
4. Anthony Rendon, Nationals: 183,600
5. Neil Walker, Pirates: 159,205
1. Nolan Arenado, Rockies: 318,111
2. Aramis Ramirez, Brewers: 282,843
3. David Wright, Mets: 278,840
4. Juan Uribe, Dodgers: 270,425
5. Pablo Sandoval, Giants: 210,473
1. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 745,823
2. Brandon Crawford, Giants: 218,123
3. Andrelton Simmons, Braves: 207,402
4. Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers: 206,866
5. Jean Segura, Brewers: 202,597
1. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies: 549,394
2. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: 467,378
3. Ryan Braun, Brewers: 446,780
4. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins: 426,228
5. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers: 383,384
6. Carlos Gomez, Brewers: 370,630
7. Justin Upton, Braves: 312,574
8. Angel Pagan, Giants: 287,338
9. Michael Morse, Giants: 257,477
10. Hunter Pence, Giants: 221,604
11. Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 212,763
12. Bryce Harper, Nationals: 211,565
13. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: 207,875
14. Michael Cuddyer, Rockies: 193,980
15. Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 162,681