Plenty of Giants among All-Star vote leaders
Sandoval in heated race at third base; Posey, Crawford second at positions
The latest National League All-Star balloting update released Tuesday accurately reflects the character of the Giants.
Owning the Major Leagues' best record, it follows that almost their entire lineup ranks among the voting leaders.
But San Francisco has built that glittering record while relying on a team approach, not individual achievement. So it also makes sense that none of the Giants leads the voting at his spot or is even close to the top, with one exception.
That exception is third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who's in a spirited five-way competition. Colorado's Nolan Arenado leads NL third basemen with 590,745 votes, but he's closely followed by New York's David Wright (565,982), Milwaukee's Aramis Ramirez (472,321) and Sandoval (463,050), a two-time All-Star. Los Angeles' Juan Uribe, the former Giant, ranks fifth with 436,776 votes.
The status of the Giants at other positions is more typical. For example, catcher Buster Posey and shortstop Brandon Crawford rank second at their respective positions. But Posey trails St. Louis' Yadier Molina by nearly a half-million votes and Crawford is nearly a million votes behind Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki.
Despite being sidelined since early May with a fractured left thumb, Brandon Belt is fifth among first basemen with 421,900 votes. He's more than 225,000 shy of Los Angeles' Adrian Gonzalez.
Somewhat fittingly, the Giants' outfielders have stuck together in the balloting, with Angel Pagan, Michael Morse and Hunter Pence occupying the eighth through 10th spots. But all three are more than 300,000 votes short of seriously challenging for one of the three positions.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 5 p.m. PT on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.